30 Dec 2010 17:19

Kremlin human rights body to "apparently" set up group to study Khodorkovsky sentence

MOSCOW. Dec 30 (Interfax) - The Presidential Council for Human Rights "will apparently set up a working group" to study the new sentence handed down on Thursday on former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev, the council chief said.

"The council has always been following this high-profile case. And, as in the case of Sergei Magnitsky's death, the council will apparently set up a working group to study the court sentence," Mikhail Fedotov told Interfax.

Magnitsky was a Hermitage Fund lawyer who died of illness in jail in November 2009.

Khodorkovsky headed former oil company Yukos. Platonov was head of the former Menatep bank.