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Sep 12, 2014 9:33 AM

European countries condemn Estonian's abduction

The Associated Press

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) Nine European countries are demanding that Russia immediately release an Estonian security service officer who was abducted by unknown gunmen a week ago and taken across the Russian border.

Eight Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers expressed "deep concern" on Friday over the Sept. 5 abduction and arrest of Eston Kohver, who is now in custody in Moscow. Later Friday, Germany joined the chorus of countries demanding his release.

Two lawyers hired by Estonia's government met with Kohver where he is being held in Moscow and said they believe he will be charged with espionage.

Russia claims he was detained on its territory, but Estonia says Kohver was investigating cross-border crime when he was abducted at gunpoint on Estonian territory.

In Brussels, the European Union said the abduction on Estonian territory "runs against international law and the principle of inviolability of borders" and called for Kohver's immediate release.

Kohver could face up to 20 years in jail under Russian law if found guilty of spying.


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