Pattaya Daily News

24 August 2010 :: 15:08:23 pm 36393

Pletnev Targets Alleged Slanderous Russian Media

Appearing for his fourth time at Pattaya District Court on Tuesday, Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev was visibly frustrated over the constant attention on his case, telling a Pattaya Daily News (PDN) journalist of his dissolution regarding certain reports in the Russian media.
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Pattaya, the 24th of August 2010: Required to appear at court every 12-day in accordance with his bail agreement, Pletnev was much more visibly frustrated as he fronted for court on Tuesday morning. The world-renowned musician is currently on bail over local police charges that he had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy in Pattaya. At present, the testimony of the young boy’s mother is the only solid evidence revealed to the media regarding the case.

Reluctant to provide any statements to the gathered press, in his first court appearance without his Thai lawyer, Pletnev completed formalities in little under an hour, stopping only to remark that the gathered media, namely Russia’s NTV correspondent, must have more pressing news to report than his ‘check-in’ at court.

Pletnev, due to appear in several concerts over the coming fortnight is known to have instructed his lawyer to apply for a rescheduling of his next report date (5/09/2010). At present, it is unknown whether they have been successful in moving the aforementioned appearance, however, Pletnev did remark the he had every faith in his lawyer when later questioned by PDN.

In line with previous remarks directed at the Russian press, Pletnev remarked to PDN’s Russian editor that he feels somewhat persecuted by certain sections of the media, exclaiming that facts and statements made regarding his life and ongoing court case are being distorted and are largely inaccurate. He did however make particular mention of Russian media’s RIA Novosti correspondent Yevgeny Belenky for his professional handling of the case.

Posing a rhetorical question, Pletnev asked if all his detractors and distorters of the truth will be publishing retractions or apologies when his case is concluded, signifying his firm belief that he is innocent and that justice would prevail in due process.

Once again refusing to delve into the specific details of his case or its progression through the court, Pletnev concluded the brief interview by exclaiming that he has left all details in the hands of his Thai lawyer who he previously expressed, has his full confidence.

Reporter: Leonid Borisov (PDN Russian Editor)

Photo : PDN staff   Category : Thailand News

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