2012-08-07 18:26:00

Pussy Riot members to have last say at trial on Wednesday

Moscow, August 7, Interfax - The members of the Pussy Riot punk band, who staged a performance at the Christ the Savior Cathedral, will be allowed to have their last say on Wednesday.

The oral arguments in the case ended at the Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow on Tuesday. Prosecutors told the court that the guilt of the young women was fully proved and asked for a three-year term at a medium-security prison. The defense asked for acquittal.

The maximum prison term imposed for hooliganism charges is seven years.

After the defendants have their last say the judges will retire for deliberation.

On February 21, 2012, several masked members of the Pussy Riot punk band staged a performance at the Christ the Savior Cathedral, which prompted a broad public outcry. Police launched an inquiry under the Russian Criminal Code Article 213 (hooliganism). Three members were arrested. Their custody was extended several times.