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Bar clears Khodorkovsky lawyers of ethics abuse accusations

MOSCOW, October 27 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow Bar Association refused to disbar three attorneys of jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky Thursday after prosecutors in Khodorkovsky's case accused some member's of the former oil tycoon's legal team of unethical conduct.

"If there are attempts to disbar these attorneys, it will be illegal," said Moscow Bar Association President Genri Reznik of Anton Drel, Yelena Levina and Denis Dyatlev.

The Bar's finding is final and cannot be appealed.

Earlier this month, the Prosecutor General's Office requested that three be disbarred for "breaching lawyers' ethics" by refusing to represent the former Yukos chief in an appeal hearing while colleague Genrikh Padva was in the hospital.

The prosecutors accused Khodorkovsky's lawyers of deliberately "dragging out" the appeal to enable their client to run for a parliamentary seat in a December by-election.