Israeli-American backpacker loses appeal in Russian drug smuggling case

Naama Issachar, given seven and half years in prison for carrying small amount of marijuana, had argued that she was made to sign a forged statement that she did not understand

Lawyers for Naama Issachar are waiting to receive the full decision on rejecting her appeal before deciding on their next steps, Haaretz’s Bar Peleg reports.

Issachar can only still go to a court of cassation and the Russian supreme court, Peleg notes.

A video from Kan reporter Vered Pelman shows Issachar pacing nervously after her verdict is read out.

“It’s just a matter of a few days. This is ridiculous,” her mother is heard telling her in Hebrew and English.

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