December 20, 2019 GMT
Russia rejects Israeli tourist’s appeal of hashish sentence
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has turned down an Israeli tourist’s appeal of her prison sentence for carrying a large amount of hashish.
Naama Issachar was arrested in April at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, where she was transferring flights while traveling from India to Israel.
Russian authorities said more than 9 grams of hashish were found in her luggage. Issachar was later sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.
On Thursday, she told the court she wasn’t provided with a translator or a lawyer after being detained. But the court let her sentence stand.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon Issachar.