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Estonia thanks the attorneys appointed for Eston Kohver for their willingness to defend the arrested security service officer

17.09.2014

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that in appointing attorneys Mark Feigin and Nikolai Polozov to defend arrested Internal Security Service officer Eston Kohver, Estonia sought to guarantee him the best legal defence. “Russia's actions in abducting Eston Kohver from Estonia to Russia and holding him in custody in a Moscow jail are contrary to international law,” Paet noted.

The foreign minister said that Kohver’s decision to waive the attorneys appointed by Estonia and to continue with counsel appointed by Russia is unfortunate and it is clear, that Kohver is not free in making his choices. “We are grateful to Mark Feigin and Nikolai Polozov for their expertise in dealing with the Eston Kohver case,” Paet said, adding that the trustworthiness and competence of Feigin and Polozov have never been in doubt.

Paet said that the situation is complex, but Estonia has many allies and friends who understand us well and support us. “We demand the return of Eston Kohver to Estonia,” he added.

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