Russian musician returns to Pattaya for court appearance on child sex charges
On Monday, Grammy-winning Russian pianist and composer Mikhail Pletnev appeared back at the Pattaya courthouse as part of the terms of his bail. The founder of the Russian National Orchestra was arrested earlier this month on allegations he had a sexual relationship with an underage boy, and although he is allowed to leave the country for work, he is required to report to officials in Thailand every 12 days. Pletnev was released on a 300,000 baht bond.
While at the courthouse, he addressed the media and once again strenuously objected to the charges against him. He insisted that the allegations were not true, and furthermore, that no evidence connected with the case had been found during the police search of his home. He offered to assist the police in any way during the investigation.
Some court officials expressed surprise and appreciation that Mr. Pletnev kept his word and returned to Pattaya for this court appearance, as most believed he would disappear after being allowed to leave Thailand. Observers on the internet and in local media commented that his brazen return indicated that he was either completely innocent of the charges, or completely crazy, as he could be sentenced to up to 20 years if convicted. His next court appointment is at the beginning of August.
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