Pussy Riot appeal case postponed
MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian court today adjourned to October 10 the appeal of three female members of punk band Pussy Riot against their two-year prison camp sentence after one of the women renounced her lawyer.
The judge at the Moscow city court agreed to adjourn the appeal hearing to allow defendant Yekaterina Samutsevich to find a new representative after she said she wanted to replace her lawyer due to differences over the case, an AFP correspondent said.
The punk rockers is appealing against a two-year prison camp sentence for performing an anti-Kremlin song in a cathedral, with supporters hoping at best for a slight easing of the sentence.
The cause of the three women, convicted in August but held in detention since March, has not only been taken up by opponents of President Vladimir Putin but also by international figures such as Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Madonna.