Court orders open hearing of Anna Chapman's suit for defamation
MOSCOW, August 29 - RAPSI. A Moscow district court on Monday held against Anna Chapmans petition for her 10 million ruble ($346, 359) defamation suit against News Media Publishing House to be heard in closed session, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reports from the courtroom.
Soon after the court announced its decision, Chapmans attorney challenged Judge Irina Yurova, arguing that her decision was both biased and a misrepresentation of the law.
Chapman filed a lawsuit against News Media Publishing House for its usage of video footage of her. She is seeking the courts prohibition of the media companys further usage of the video and 10 million rubles in moral damages.
Anna Chapman was arrested along with nine other Russian spies in the United States in June 2010. The Russian agents were charged with collusion to spy for the foreign country. In early June, they were exchanged at the Vienna Airport for four Russians convicted of spying against Russia for foreign governments.