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Consul again meets with Estonian security official in Moscow

Maskides mehed Eston Kohvrit Moskvas asuvasse kohtumajja eskortimas. PHOTO:

Estonian consul on Wednesday once again met with abducted security police officer Eston Kohver at the Lefortovo prison in Moscow where he is being detained.

«The meeting lasted for an hour during which the consul got to notify Kohver of recent news and statements that have been made on the international level recently regarding his kidnapping and detention -- in the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Parliament, and have brought up at the ministers' deputies committee of the European Council and a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council,» spokespeople for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The court of the Lefortovo region of Moscow in last December remanded Kohver in custody until April 5. The date of the next court hearing is not known yet.

«We will continue efforts and active operation to free Eston Kohver, who was kidnapped and is being unlawfully detained, and get him to return to his homeland,» spokespeople said.

The Estonian Internal Security Service said on Sept. 5, 2014 that a member of its staff had been deprived of his freedom on Estonian territory near the checkpoint of Luhamaa on the Estonian-Russian border by unidentified individuals coming from Russia at 9 a.m. that morning. The official, who was performing official duties related to the prevention of cross-border crime, was taken to Russia at gunpoint using physical force. The abduction was preceded by interference of operational radio communication and use of a smoke grenade from the direction of Russia.