Russia: American detained for illegally crossing into Russia will remain in custody until New Year

Karasuksky District court in Siberia decided to remand 29-year old American citizen Julio Prieto in jail until the New Year for illegally crossing the border into the country.
Prieto will remain behind bars until January 3, 2017, following the court's rejection of a bail plea of 900 US dollars (€820) offered by his family. According to his lawyer the next court hearing could take place on October 26, possibly resulting in a two year prison sentence or a 200,000 rouble (€2,931) fine.
Prieto is accused of attempting to cross into Russia from Kazakhstan on September 14 2016 where he had been travelling. Initially he had been denied entry on failure to produce a valid visa but allegedly tried again, this time bypassing a checkpoint, and was later detained by the border security service.

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