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MOSCOW — A Moscow court on Monday sentenced a U.S. pastor to more than three years in prison for smuggling hunting ammunition into Russia.
Phillip Miles, from South Carolina, has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 3. He was arrested several days after customs agents at a Moscow airport found a box of 20 rifle shells in his luggage.
The court sentenced him to serve three years and two months in prison, with the sentence calculated from his detention date.
Miles has said he brought the .300 caliber cartridges for a friend who had recently bought a Winchester rifle. He said he did not know bringing such ammunition into Russia was illegal.
Judge Olga Drozdova accepted in her 20-minute summation that Miles had brought the ammunition for a friend, "as they are both inveterate hunters."
The cartridges were not initially found as he flew into Moscow. They were detected a day later as airport security put his luggage through an X-ray machine while he was on his way to check in for a flight to Perm, a city in Siberia.
Also, I don't know if the case involved a body of peers. If it does, then the Russian view on American Christians is pretty bad, as if it were a jury... this guy just got unanimously slammed by the people of Russia.
Originally posted by mr-lizard
before we start shouting our heads off here...
What if a russian had brought something illegal into the US, would he not be arrested on suspicion of terrorism, tazered, beaten and then jailed??
Just food for thought.