I received an appeal from Russian citizen Vladimir Lazarev in defense of the rights of his daughter Maria Lazareva, detained by the State of Kuwait authorities on suspicion of complicity to the theft from local government funds in November 2017.
In May 2018, the Supreme Court of Kuwait found Maria Lazareva guilty of the crime charged against her and sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in a local correctional institution. In July of that year, at the regular court session the lawyer of a Russian citizen provided convincing evidence of her innocence. However, the issue of Russian woman's release remained unresolved.
In November 2018, at a personal reception, I received from Vladimir Lazarev supplement materials on the case of his daughter.
After reviewing the documents, I addressed to Emir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah
On June 12, 2019 Maria Lazareva was released on bail for the period of the court hearings.
Thus, the restraint measure has been altered to the house arrest. I control the situation and take measures within my mandate to bring Russian citizen home.