October 11, 2019 / 2:37 PM / 12 days ago

Israel condemns 'disproportionate' Russian jail term for U.S.-Israeli

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel condemned a Russian court’s sentencing on Friday of a U.S.-Israeli woman to seven and a half years’ imprisonment for a drug offence as “heavy” and “disproportionate”, saying Moscow had ignored its appeals to handle the case differently.

A Foreign Ministry statement said Naama Issachar had no criminal record when she was detained while in transit in a Moscow airport en route to Israel. Russia’s treatment of her was not “appropriate to the circumstances of her arrest”, it said.

Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Alison Williams

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