Medvedev Refuses to Free Khodorkovsky Unless He Files Petition For Pardon

Source: HRO.org (info), 26/04/12

· Yukos case

President Dmitry Medvedev has refused to pardon Mikhail Khodorkovsky unless the latter files a petition. Medvedev stated his position in conversation with journalists from five TV channels.

As Lenta.ru reports, the head of state referred to Article 50 of the Constitution in accordance with which a prisoner ‘has the right’ to petition for a pardon. ‘The President cannot go beyond the limits of the Constitution,’ Medvedev stressed.
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