Eston Kohver to face court in June at earliest


As a best-case scenario, the Estonian security service official Eston Kohver's court process in the Russian border town Pskov will start in June at the earliest.

According to the Russian state-appointed lawyer, Yevgeni Aksyonov, Kohver faces charges as determined by the Federal Security Service (FSB) on April 28, including espionage, illegal crossing of the Russian border as well as illegal transportation of weapons, Postimees reports.

Aksyonov commented that whilst the criminal case against Kohver only comprises of one file, it remains classified as it includes charges of espionage against Russia.

In the swiftest possible course of events, Kohver's charges should be confirmed by the state prosecutor's office and court by the last week of May, allowing the court to determine dates for the proceedings.

Due to the involvement of classified information, Kohver's court process remains closed, with those concerned not allowed to share information on the case.

Kohver was kidnapped from the Estonian-Russian border by Russian special forces on September 5 last year and is currently being held at the Lefortovo prison in Moscow.

Editor: A. Kaer

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