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Russia jails Estonian border guard - BBC News

on Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:25 am
A court in Russia has sentenced Estonian security official Eston Kohver, detained at the Russian border last September in a case that provoked a diplomatic row, to 15 years in prison for espionage and other charges, BBC News reports.

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas condemned Kohver's jail term, calling it "a clear and grave violation of international law," according to BBC News.

"The staged court case that formed a verdict suitable for the Russian authorities has nothing to do with a fair trial," he said in a statement.

Estonia and the EU insist the officer was abducted on Estonian soil, while Kohver insists on his innocence.

Russia's Federal Security Sevice (FSB) said he was on a "spying operation" on Russian territory.

After his arrest for spying near the Luhamaa border checkpoint on September 5, 2014, the security official was charged with other crimes including smuggling arms and illegally crossing the Russian state border, according to Interfax news agency.

As well as the prison sentence, the court in the western Pskov region ordered him to pay a fine of 100,000 roubles (EUR 1,800).

Kohver's sentence coincided with the climax of another controversial trial, involving Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov...............
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