Russia's Supreme Court has ruled that it was unlawful to keep a Russian scientist working in the military industry for 5 years in pre-trial detention.
Igor Sutyagin was arrested in 1999 on charges of spying for the U.S.
He pleaded not guilty, but was held for half a decade before a court sentenced him to 15 years in jail.
Sutyagin was released early as part of a spy swap with the U.S. in 2010.
A year later, the European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay Sutyagin 20,000 EUR for violating his right to a fair trial.
However, while Russia's Supreme Court ruled that Sutyagin’s pre-trial detention was illegal, it upheld the legitimacy of his 15-year jail sentence.
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