Russia drops Magnitsky prison death probe

Tuesday 19th March, 2013

Russian detectives are dropping their investigation into the death in prison of the lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.

The Investigative Committee said no crime had been committed during his detention.

Magnitsky was detained in 2008 after revealing an alleged scheme by interior ministry officials to embezzle millions of dollars.

His family and the Presidential Human Rights Council say he was badly beaten and denied medical treatment.

The Investigative Committee, the Russian equivalent of the FBI in the US, said Magnitsky had been legally arrested and legally detained and that he had not been tortured.

“Based on the preliminary investigation’s results, a decision was taken to end the criminal case due to a lack of evidence of a crime,” the Committee said.

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