Model in Russian court apologizes for US election claim


She, and seven others, pleaded guilty last Tuesday for participating in a "sex training course" in Pattaya almost 12 months ago.

Earlier reports said that three Russian citizens, who had arrived from Thailand, were detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on January 17 on charges of inducement into prostitution. A model from Belarus who claimed previous year that she had evidence of Russian involvement in helping elect Donald Trump president has pleaded guilty in a Thai court in a case related to holding a sex training seminar and will be deported.

Before the hearing began, Rybka apologized to Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska for hurting his reputation after media cited her as claiming she had a tape of the businessman talking about Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA election.

The oligarch is known to be a close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and once worked with Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, who was convicted previous year over tax and bank fraud and has since been cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team. A lawyer representing Anastasia Vashukevich said she and seven co-defendants would be freed Tuesday Jan. 15, 2019, and deported.

On Friday he denounced her arrest, which happened while she was in transit from Thailand on her way to Belarus.

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Vashukevich's statement appears to head off any chance of her speaking to US investigators looking into possible collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign.

She denied the accusation of prostitution, telling the court that "I am not guilty of what I am accused", Interfax reported.

The model had been held in a Thai prison since February past year over accusations she solicited and conspired to hold a sex-training seminar in the country. She was given a suspended sentence on Tuesday and ordered to be deported after pleading guilty to the charges.

Anastasia had been in custody in Thailand since a police raid in what AFP described as the "sleazy seaside resort of Pattaya" last February.