The Associated Press December 15, 2010, 2:01AM ET

Verdict in Khodorkovsky's case delayed

A court spokeswoman says that a judge has delayed delivering the verdict in the second trial of jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

The judge was to begin reading the verdict Wednesday, but the procedure was delayed until Dec. 27. Court spokeswoman Natalya Vasilyeva didn't give a reason for the delay.

Khodorkovsky was Russia's richest man when he was arrested in 2003 on charges of tax evasion. His eight-year sentence was widely seen as punishment for challenges to then-President Vladimir Putin that included funding opposition parties.

In his last words before court proceedings were adjourned until Dec. 15, Khodorkovsky said last month that he was ready to spend the rest of his life in prison, insisting that the principles he believed in were "worth my life."

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