Sunday, November 25, 2007

Chess Champ Jailed Over Anti-Putin Protest


Garry Kasparov

Kasparov Given Five-Day Sentence

MOSCOW -- Former chess champion Garry Kasparov is heading to jail. He has been given a five-day sentence for leading thousands in protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kasparov was among dozens detained after riot police clashed with the Kremlin opponents.

After the sentence was read, Kasparov told the courtroom that everything they heard was "all lies" and that there wasn't a "single word of truth."

Two riot police testified in court that they had been given direct orders to arrest Kasparov. And one of the officers acknowledged he had filed contradictory reports.

The wife of another protester said her husband was beaten unconscious in the courthouse and taken away in a police van.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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