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Russia: Sentence of student accused of terrorist activity 'cruel and unwarranted' - lawyer01:12

Russia: Sentence of student accused of terrorist activity 'cruel and unwarranted' - lawyer

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 22, 2016 at 06:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

The lawyer of a former student, Varvara Karaulova, who has been sentenced to 4.5 years in jail for 'terrorist activity' stated that the verdict was "very cruel and unwarranted," while speaking to press outside the Moscow District Military Court on Thursday.

"She said that she has been heard even by the court. The court heard that she did not have the intention to fight. These words are very important for Varvara, despite a very cruel and unwarranted verdict," Sergei Badamshin told journalists, before adding that "we are insisting on her innocence."

Varvara's father, Pavel Karaulov, said that his family and their lawyers "we will try to use all possible resources which have not been used yet. We will do everything in our power; the result is the most important."

Earlier on Thursday, the Moscow District Military Court found Varvara Karaulova, a 20-year old former Moscow State University student, guilty in engaging in terrorist activity in Syria. The court has sentenced Karaulova to four years and six months in jail.

Karaulova was detained in Turkey while attempting to cross the border into Syria. Turkish police deported her to Russia in June 2015, where she then faced terrorism-related criminal charges.

Russia: Sentence of student accused of terrorist activity 'cruel and unwarranted' - lawyer01:12
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The lawyer of a former student, Varvara Karaulova, who has been sentenced to 4.5 years in jail for 'terrorist activity' stated that the verdict was "very cruel and unwarranted," while speaking to press outside the Moscow District Military Court on Thursday.

"She said that she has been heard even by the court. The court heard that she did not have the intention to fight. These words are very important for Varvara, despite a very cruel and unwarranted verdict," Sergei Badamshin told journalists, before adding that "we are insisting on her innocence."

Varvara's father, Pavel Karaulov, said that his family and their lawyers "we will try to use all possible resources which have not been used yet. We will do everything in our power; the result is the most important."

Earlier on Thursday, the Moscow District Military Court found Varvara Karaulova, a 20-year old former Moscow State University student, guilty in engaging in terrorist activity in Syria. The court has sentenced Karaulova to four years and six months in jail.

Karaulova was detained in Turkey while attempting to cross the border into Syria. Turkish police deported her to Russia in June 2015, where she then faced terrorism-related criminal charges.

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