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Corruption Taints Courts In Russia, Report Says

MOSCOW, June 23 -- A special European investigator issued a stinging report Tuesday that alleges widespread political abuse of the Russian courts and urges countries not to extradite people to Russia if they might be denied a fair trial.

The conclusions by Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, a former German justice minister, are likely to further strain Russia's relations with the Council of Europe, which commissioned the probe and is locked in a standoff with Moscow over the future of the European Court of Human Rights.

Russia joined the council in the 1990s, but it has recently attacked the court's impartiality and is the lone council member blocking a plan to streamline its operations. The court, based in Strasbourg, France, acts as an appeals panel of last resort for residents of 47 member countries.

The number of cases filed in the court against Russia each year has climbed

Added: Jun-28-2009 
By: Gr8virtue
Tags: Corruption, Taints, Courts, judge, council, Russia, russian, European, Court, Human, Rights
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