Medvedev moves to reduce outside pressure on courts

Russian Judge and AssistantVLADIKAVKAZ, February 22 (RIA Novosti)- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday proposed changes to the law to allow holding court trials outside an area where an offence has been committed.

"I would like the presidential administration, law enforcement agencies and judicial think-tanks to consider additional measures to ensure [the work of] court trials, including the model of moving the trials out of the area where a crime was committed," Medvedev said at a meeting with Russia's anti-terror committee, NAK.

He said the scheme would stamp out outside interference in the courts.

Western skepticism about Medvedev's attempts to create a properly functioning judicial system increased after an aide to the Russian judge who convicted former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky at his second trial last year said the verdict was dictated by more senior judges.

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