Probe into Magnitsky Jail Warden ‘Completed’

Russia’s Investigative Committee has completed an investigation of a case against Dmitry Kratov, former head of the pretrial detention center where Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died in November 2009, a committee spokesman said on Thursday.

“The investigation has collected sufficient evidence and sent the criminal case to the Prosecutor General’s Office to decide on indictment and subsequent transfer of the case to court,” Vladimir Markin said.

The investigation found that Kratov neglected his official duties, specifically in providing medical assistance to detainees, which led to Magnitsky’s death, Markin said.

Magnitsky was arrested on tax evasion charges in November 2008, just days after accusing police investigators in a $230 million tax refund fraud, and died after almost a year in the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center in Moscow.

A probe into his death revealed that the 37-year-old lawyer, who was suffering from untreated pancreatitis and heart condition, did not receive proper medical treatment. Rights activists pointed to multiple violations of the lawyer’s rights during his arrest and detention, including signs that he was beaten by prison guards only hours before his death.


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