Russia reopens inquiry into lawyer's death in jail
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||2 August 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia reopens inquiry into lawyer's death in jail, 2 August 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e4a292023.html [accessed 20 December 2014]|
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August 02, 2011
Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died in police custody in 2009.
Russian investigators have reopened a criminal investigation for fraud against a whistle-blowing lawyer whose death in a Moscow prison caused international outrage.
The decision to reopen the probe follows a recent Constitutional Court ruling allowing criminal cases to be pursued against suspects who are already dead.
Supporters of Magnitsky say the lawyer was denied life-saving treatment while in pretrial detention, leading to his death in November 2009, aged 37.
Magnitsky, whom prosecutors accused of tax evasion and fraud, claimed to have uncovered a massive tax scam by corrupt police officers.
compiled from agency reports