Sentence Quashed in Case of Kazan Blogger Convicted of Libelling Human Rights Ombudsman

posted 18 Apr 2012, 13:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Apr 2012, 13:33 ]
Source: (info), 30/03/12 

· Freedom of speech  · Ombudsman · Tatarstan 

Explaining the legal subtleties of the case, Irina Khrunova, Egorov's lawyer and legal analyst at the Agora Human Rights Association, said: "Yury Egorov was convicted of libel on 9 June 2011. The sentence came into force on 18 November. Egorov was deemed to have been given a suspended sentence. But on 7 December libel was decriminalised. In other words it simply no longer exists in the Criminal Code. After that it was just a matter of time before the punishment was waived by a decision of the court as a consequence of this decriminalisation." [Read more]