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Jailed Pussy Riot members dismiss legal team

Published on Nov 20, 2012 6:27 AM
 
A file picture taken on October 10, 2012, shows two jailed members of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot," (L-R) Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, sitting in a glass-walled cage in a court in Moscow. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - The two jailed members of Pussy Riot punk band have fired their high-profile legal team and hired the lawyer who helped free their bandmate, the husband of one of the women told AFP on Monday.

One of the lawyers who was dropped linked the decision to a sparring match on Friday between President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the case.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were sentenced in August to two years in prison after they staged a balaclava-clad performance inside Moscow's main cathedral mocking Putin.

The initial legal team, who have built a reputation defending leading opposition activists, used a political strategy in the trial that saw the three women jailed in August.

 
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