Topic: Punk Group Pussy Riot Case
The defense team for the two jailed Pussy Riot members has asked the court to defer execution of their two-year prison sentences until their children reach age 14© RIA Novosti. Andrey Stenin
MOSCOW, October 17 (RIA Novosti)
The defense team for the two jailed Pussy Riot members has asked the court to defer execution of their two-year prison sentences until their children reach age 14, lawyer Mark Feigin said on Wednesday.
“We have filed a petition with the Khamovniki District Court,” he said.
“The court has officially accepted the petition and is to set a hearing date within 10 days.”
On Monday, the court denied a request by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, to stay at the pretrial detention center where they are presently being held.
A Moscow court last Wednesday freed a third Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, at an appeal hearing, but ruled that the two other women in the anti-Putin punk group must serve out their two-year sentences.
They are now set to be transferred to a penal colony hundreds of miles from Moscow.
The three women were jailed for two years on August 17, after a court found them guilty of “hooliganism with the aim of inciting religious hatred” in a decision that drew sharp international criticism.
Lawyers for the group have rejected the argument that the group’s 40-second performance of a song entitled “Holy S**t” was anti-religion, saying it was a protest against the Orthodox Church’s support for Vladimir Putin ahead of the presidential elections on March 4.
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