30 July 2012, 16:38
Pussy Riot defense believes court has made up its mind
Moscow, July 20, Interfax - The defense of Pussy Riot punk band members does not doubt a guilty verdict.
"Judging by the beginning of this trial, a decision has been made. I do not doubt that the court will find the girls guilty and sentence them," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's lawyer Mark Feigin told journalists.
He said the only thing he did not know was the degree of penalty.
"I think the penalty will be chosen at the very last moment. We cannot hope the court will be unbiased and objective because the judge dismissed all our appeals at the very beginning of the trial and banned a broadcast of the questioning of the aggrieved parties and witnesses," he said.
The lawyers of the two other defendants share the opinion. Maria Alyokhina's lawyer Nikolay Polozov said the court made an open trial impossible.
Most probably, the prosecution does not want to make public its reasons, he said.
"I think the girls will be sentenced, and that will rest on the conscience of people who do not live by the law," he said.