Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Talashkova's lawyer says there is no evidence of his client's guilt

Tyler Hodgson, counsel for Yekaterinburg flight attendant Marina Talashkova, said that the prosecution has failed to produce persuasive evidence of her guilt.

Talashkova is currently being detained in Canada at the request of law enforcement agents in the United States on charges relating to a multimillion-dollar internet fraud involving the sale of vehicles, RapsiNews.com reports.

Talashkova's arrest was extended until March 19, at which time the court is expected to receive her case documents from the United States. Canadian authorities will then have 30 days to decide on her extradition.

"We plan on vigorously defending the money laundering charges as we have seen no credible evidence showing that she's aware of or was involved in that activity," Hodgson said in a statement to RapsiNews.com.

Talashkova was arrested Jan. 15 at Toronto's Pearson Airport after stepping off of a Russian-based Transaero Airlines plane. She was among six people charged last December by U.S. police for her alleged role in a scheme in which hundreds of buyers were defrauded in the sale of vehicles on the internet.

In court documents, Talashkova and the others are said to have opened bank accounts using fake documents and withdrew funds transferred to the accounts. Once the money was in the accounts, the offers for the vehicles disappeared, according to RapsiNews.com.

Talashkova has pleaded not guilty to all charges.