Kasparov Attacks Khodorkovsky Prosecutors

From the Associated Press:

Chess master Garry Kasparov staged the latest of his guerrilla hit-and-run protests against the Kremlin on Wednesday, showing up at the criminal trial of a former billionaire and engaging in a brief, heated debate with one of the prosecutors.

Spectators gawked and whispered when Kasparov sat on a front bench in the courtroom where Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man, is being tried on charges he embezzled billions of dollars while he was the chief of the Yukos Oil Company. (…)

When the judge ordered a recess, Kasparov confronted prosecutor Gyulchekhra Ibragimova as she walked past him on her way out.

During the brief and tense exchange, Ibragimova told Kasparov she respected him but added he should have been playing chess rather than wasting his time in court.

“You are an amateur” in the courtroom, she told him.

A smiling Kasparov accused the prosecution of seeking “to replace the force of law with the law of force,” and suggested she and other prosecutors were “selling the honor of your profession” by pursuing the case against Khodorkovsky.