Germany voices 'concern' over Russia's Navalny charge

The Russian court held a retrial after the European Court of Human Rights last year quashed an original 2013 ruling against Navalny, saying he did not have a fair trial.

Germany voices 'concern' over Russia's Navalny charge

World Bulletin / News Desk

Germany voiced "concern" after a Russian court on Wednesday convicted opposition leader Alexei Navalny of embezzlement and gave him a suspended five-year sentence.

Navalny, a lawyer and anti-graft whistleblower who came to fame with punchy oratory at 2011-12 mass rallies against Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin, vowed to appeal and continue his bid for next year's presidential race.

The German foreign ministry said the latest ruling was "noted with concern" and reminded Moscow of its obligations to respect human rights.

"The European Court of Human Rights had described the ruling of 2013 as politically motivated and criticised the arbitrary interpretation of the Russian penal code," said a ministry spokesman.

"This trial too leaves doubts as to the right to a fair trial under the ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights)."

The spokesmen pointed to Russia's "obligation to comply" with the convention and stressed that Navalny "must continue to have the opportunity to participate in political life in Russia".

 

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