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Khodorkovsky's Verdict Delayed

A Russian judge has put off giving verdict in the trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

A Russian judge has put off giving verdict in the trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, with his lawyers almost admitting a guilty verdict.
Lawyers insisted the judge had only reiterated the indictments, a process that could take days. The hearing is due to resume on Tuesday.

"In the hour that the judge has been talking, it is clear that the verdict is guilty," said defence lawyer Yuri Schmidt outside the court on Monday.
He said the judge was "completely following the conclusions of the prosecution".