In the suburbs, a court sentenced Israeli citizen Naamu Issahar to seven and a half years in prison, convicting her of drug smuggling. This was announced in his Telegram channel by the Moscow Talking radio station.
The girl partially admitted her guilt. She does not deny possession of prohibited substances but does not agree with the charge of smuggling.
The 25-year-old girl was detained in the spring of 2019 in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport. With her, an Israeli woman who flew from Delhi to Tel Aviv had 9.6 grams of hash.
Criminal proceedings were instituted against Issakhar under part 2 of article 229.1 (“Drug smuggling”) and part 1 of article 228 (“Drug possession”) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
On April 9, 2019, Naama flew from Delhi to Tel Aviv with a transfer at Sheremetyevo Airport. She carried 9.6 grams of hash in her luggage. She later recognized this fact, but at the same time, she did not leave the transit zone and did not have access to the suitcase during the transplant. She would have already received luggage in Israel, where she can store up to 15 grams of hash for personal use.
The office of the Israeli Prime Minister said that Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the case against Issakhar during bilateral negotiations in Sochi in September. According to RIA Novosti, the Israeli side announced a disproportionate punishment for its citizens and asked to soften both the punishment and the conditions of Issachar. “The Prime Minister and the State of Israel will continue to make every effort for the Russian authorities to release Naama Issahar and return her home,” the statement said.
Israeli authorities take the verdict of a Russian court seriously, which found Naama Issachar, who was flying to Tel Aviv through Moscow, guilty of drug smuggling. This was reported by the Foreign Ministry of the Jewish state on its Twitter page.
The department noted that Israel considers the punishment of seven and a half years in prison for keeping less than 10 grams of hashish unjust and disproportionate. “Unfortunately, the Russian authorities have not yet taken into account our requests for a proper investigation, taking into account the circumstances of her arrest,” the Foreign Ministry said.
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the negotiations raised the issue of exchanging Issakhar for a Russian detainee suspected of “hacking” Alexei Burkov, who was arrested in Israel at the request of Washington.