Adoptions Trial

Date: 2002-09-12
Source: Moscow Times

Adoptions Trial

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court's decision to acquit an Italian citizen charged with bribing officials and forging documents to facilitate adoptions of Russian children by foreigners, and sent it back for further investigation, a court official said. Nadezhda Fratti, of the Italian adoption agency Arcobaleno, was arrested last year in the southern city of Volgograd. A local court acquitted her in April, citing insufficient evidence, but a local prosecutor appealed to the Supreme Court. Fratti faces a prison sentence of up to eight years if convicted. Court spokesman Pavel Odintsov said he did not know the status of Fratti's three co-defendants -- an orphanage director, orphanage doctor and education department inspector.

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