Clooney Foundation for Justice Responds to Conviction of Mikhail Benyash in Russia

The Clooney Foundation for Justice's TrialWatch initiative monitored the trial in Russia of lawyer Mikhail Benyash. Benyash was convicted of the "use of violence ... against [a] representative of [the] authority" under article 318 of the Criminal Code of Russia and fined 30,000 rubles. While Mr. Benyash was given only a fine, the conduct of this trial raises serious questions regarding the impartiality of the court and respect for the right of the defendant to examine witnesses.

A full text of the Statement is available HERE

The Clooney Foundation for Justice's TrialWatch initiative monitors criminal prosecutions of vulnerable persons around the world. This proceeding was monitored by Human Rights Embassy as part of the TrialWatch initiative.