MOSCOW, March 7 - RAPSI. Tyler Hodgson, counsel for Russian flight attendant Marina Talashkova detained in Canada at U.S. request, alleged that the prosecution had so far failed to produce any persuasive evidence of her guilt, the Canoe Canadian online publication reports.
U.S. law enforcement authorities have charged Talashkova with a multimillion fraud. The Canadian court is considering a request for her extradition to the United States.
"We plan on vigorously defending the money laundering charges as we have seen no credible evidence showing that she's aware of or was involved in that activity," Hodgson said.
Talashkova's arrest was extended until March 19. By that time the court is expected to receive her case documents from the United States. Then the Canadian authorities will have 30 days to decide on her extradition.
According to the newspaper, Talashkova, a 24-year-old stewardess from Yekaterinburg, was detained on January 15. The U.S. Attorneys Office believes Talashkova and another five suspects opened bank accounts using fake documents and withdrew funds transferred to the accounts.
The court documents state that the money was transferred for vehicle purchases. Unidentified accomplices allegedly published offers to sell vehicles on the Internet. As soon as the funds hit the accounts, offers vanished. A
The Russian citizen has pleaded not guilty.