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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ruling Too Much for Pasko But Not Enough for Military




VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- A military prosecutor and a navy captain who was charged with treason both appealed Tuesday to overturn a court verdict against the defendant, a news report said.


Navy Captain Grigory Pasko was acquitted of treason by a military court last week, but was convicted of a lesser charge of improper military conduct. Sentenced to three years, Pasko was immediately freed because he had served more than half his sentence while the case worked its way through the courts.


Pasko, a journalist for a military newspaper, had been accused of divulging information about the combat readiness of the Pacific Fleet to the Japanese television station NHK.


Pasko says he did not commit any crime, and wants the one conviction against him overturned, his lawyer Anatoly Pyshkin said, Interfax reported.


Meanwhile, the prosecutor for the Pacific Fleet, Roman Kolbanov, wants the treason acquittal annulled and an additional investigation launched.


Pasko has acknowledged giving information to NHK about nuclear waste dumping by the Pacific Fleet in the Sea of Japan. But he says he did not divulge any state secrets.


Pasko's case will be sent to the Military Collegium of the Russian Supreme Court, Pyshkin said.