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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Supreme Court Demands A Verdict in Danilov Case

The Supreme Court ordered a lower court Wednesday to issue a verdict in the case of a scientist charged with espionage, overturning an earlier ruling that prosecutors clarify the charges, the defendant's lawyer said.

Valentin Danilov, a professor at Krasnoyarsk Technical University in Siberia, was arrested in February 2001 on charges of selling secret space technology to China.

He spent 19 months in detention before a judge released him last September pending trial. In December, the Krasnoyarsk regional court sent the indictment back to prosecutors, citing procedural violations. The Supreme Court backed that decision in February.

After prosecutors submitted a new version of the charges, the Krasnoyarsk court again returned it to prosecutors for clarification in May, Interfax reported.

Danilov's lawyer, Yelena Yevmenova, said after Wednesday's Supreme Court hearing that the court had overturned the regional court's decision to again return the case to prosecutors.

"I can't say that this decision of the Supreme Court disappointed us. I think that when the case is considered in the Krasnoyarsk regional court we will in any case win an acquittal," Yevmenova said on NTV television.