By Andrew Cave
In May, I published an interview with Marsha Lazareva, a prominent Russian businesswomen who had just been sentenced to ten years imprisonment with hard labor in Kuwait,
Her future looked bleak. Found guilty of misusing public funds one week after being sent 18,000 pages of allegations, the 44-year-old mother was even refused permission to leave the court to go to the bathroom when feeling ill, with the presiding Judge Metaeb Al Alredi telling her defence lawyer to “let her vomit in the corner at the back of the room.”
Six months later, she goes to appeal with fresh hope, due to the intervention of a brother of U.S President George W. Bush.