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Kohver's confinement extended until September

Eston Kohver on trial in Pskov.
Eston Kohver on trial in Pskov. Source: (ERR)

The Pskov court has extended the detention of abducted Estonian security agent Eston Kohver until September 7. The closed court hearing will start on July 27.

The court overruled its earlier decision to keep Kohver in custody until August 8.

According to his Russian Federation-appointed lawyer Yevgeni Aksyonov, no new facts or charges have been added to the case.

The Pskov court sent the case back to Moscow at the beginning of June, saying additional procedures were needed, but it was returned to Pskov.

Kohver is accused by Russian prosecution for smuggling, espionage, illegal border crossing and illegal arms bearing. If found guilty, he faces imprisonment for up to 20 years.

Kohver was kidnapped from the Estonian-Russian border by Russian special forces on September 5, 2014. Estonian authorities have always maintained that Kohver was in the line of duty and collecting information on cross-border corruption within the framework of an information collection plan in the vicinity of the Estonian-Russian border, when he was abducted. Estonia has also insisted that Kohver's abduction violates international law.

Both the United States and the European Union have called Russia to release Kohver.

Editor: S. Tambur

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