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Russia rejects Israeli tourist’s appeal of hashish sentence

December 20, 2019 GMT
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Israeli woman Naama Issachar, sits inside a cage during appeal hearings in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Naama was sentenced in October to seven and a half years in prison for drug smuggling after authorities in April found nine grams of marijuana in her luggage. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)
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Israeli woman Naama Issachar, sits inside a cage during appeal hearings in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Naama was sentenced in October to seven and a half years in prison for drug smuggling after authorities in April found nine grams of marijuana in her luggage. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)

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.