Investigation to resume in lawyer Magnitsky case
MOSCOW, July 7 – RAPSI. The Presidential Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights believes that the investigation into the Magnitsky case must resume, Kirill Kabanov, a council member, said at a news conference at RIA Novosti.
The roles of other agencies and their members, for instance, the Treasury and the Finance Ministry, needs to be revealed, Kabanov said.
Former legal consultant to the Hermitage Capital Management investment fund Sergey Magnitsky, who was accused of tax evasion, died in an investigative isolation ward on Nov. 16, 2009. His death evoked a public outcry. The fund’s employees said the lawyer revealed the theft of 5.4 billion rubles ($193 million) by law enforcement officers who launched criminal proceedings against him in revenge.
Kabanov said the council’s report was also intended to press home the expert analysis results.
The council shares the investigative committee’s opinion that Magnitsky was not rendered timely medical aid.
Additionally, the investigators believe that the lawyer’s case was investigated by an illegal staff of the investigative group, as the individuals whom Magnitsky accused of committing crimes took part in the investigation.
The council also discovered procedural violations in putting Magnitsky into custody.