Magnitsky case probe extended to November 24

MOSCOW, August 24 (Itar-Tass) — The investigation into the case over the death of Hermitage Capital Management lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, accused of tax evasion, has been extended to November 24, Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass.

The deadline was moved as it is necessary to carry out a number of “investigative actions with the suspects – a doctor of the Butyrka remand prison and the former deputy prison director in charge of the medical department – and check their testimony.”

Managing partner of the Firestone Duncan audit company Sergei Magnitsky, 37, died in an IT ward of the hospital on the premises of a remand prison on November 16, 2009, seven days after he was officially charged with organizing and abetting grand tax evasion.

Magnitsky’s case was to have been referred to court in December 2009.

A criminal case was opened over the fact of his death due to the failure to provide assistance to a sick person and non-fulfilment or improper fulfilment of one’s duty by an official as a result of negligible attitude to service.

Forensic experts said Magnitsky died of a combination of several illnesses, and untimely medical assistance and diagnostics of chronic diseases.

The suspects in the tax evasion case are Magnitsky, Hermitage Capital Management managing director William Browder and former director general of the Kameya company Ivan Cherkasov. They are on the wanted list.


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