Kremlin critic Navalny says he has been denied proper access to lawyer
By Gabriel CrossleyPosted on
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is seen on a screen via a video link during a court hearing to consider an appeal on his arrest, outside Moscow
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny told a judge on Thursday that he had not been allowed to speak to his defence lawyer one-to-one since being detained on arrival back in Russia on Jan. 17.
The judge is hearing Navalny’s appeal against his jailing on alleged parole violations which he denies.
In response to Navalny, the judge gave Navalny five minutes to speak to his lawyer via video link and asked prison guards to leave the room so that he could talk privately.
(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)