Prosecutor's Office will not reverse denial of Lebedev's parole appeal
ARKHANGELSK, April 28 - RAPSI. The Arkhangelsk Regional Prosecutor's Office has found no violations of the law which would justify overturning the decision by the Velsk District Court to deny parole to Platon Lebedev, press secretary for the prosecutor's office Yulia Shevchanko reported on Saturday.
Earlier, lawyers for the former head of Menatep, who is currently serving a sentence in the Arkhangeslk Region, had applied to the prosecutor's office for a review of the denial of parole and complained about the prosecutor's conduct.
In late 2010, the Moscow District Court sentenced Lebedev and former YUKOS head Mikhail Khodorkovsky to 14 years in jail, on charges of stealing 200 million tonnes of oil and money laundering. Under the first sentence, imposed in 2005, they were jailed for eight years and taking into account the years they have already spent in prison, they were due to be released in 2017. However, on May 24, the Moscow City Court reduced their sentences by one year and now Khodorkovsky and Lebedev could be released in 2016.