Mother of late Russian lawyer claims he was killed in detention


The mother of Hermitage Capital fund’s lawyer Sergey Magnitskiy, who died in a Moscow remand prison in November 2009, claims that her son was killed while in pre-trial detention, Russian Interfax news agency reported on 26 September, citing a statement issued by Hermitage Capital.

Lawyer Nikolay Gorokhov has filed Magnitskiy’s mother’s petition to the Russian Investigations Committee to initiate criminal proceedings against officials from the Prosecutor-General’s Office, the Interior Ministry, the Federal Security Service, the Federal Penal Service and 11 judges “as accomplices in organizing the illegal arrest, torture and killing of her son”, the statement says.

In total, more than 30 officials are named in Natalya Magnitskaya’s petition, who, she claims, were either involved in her son’s death or showed criminal negligence in connection with his case, Ekho Moskvy radio reported on 26 September.

“During more than 18 months since my son, Sergey Magnitskiy, died in pre-trial detention, (…) I have discovered and gained access to the information attesting to criminal wrongdoing against my son, specifically that his death had been the result of intentional acts of violence,” Interfax quoted from Magnitskaya’s statement.

The statement also noted that there had been signs of beating on Sergey Magnitskiy’s body, including damaged knuckles on both hands, multiple grazes and bruises, a puncture wound on his tongue and suspected head injury, as recorded in the death certificate.

“The fact of Sergey Magnitskiy’s murder is further substantiated by the results of a pre-investigation examination conducted, as we have learned, in the first days after his death, but made public only now. Three days after Magnitskiy’s death, on 19 November 2009, the investigations authorities of Moscow’s Preobrazhenskiy district collected evidence pointing to signs of murder, which was reflected in a corresponding report about the initiation of criminal proceedings under Article 105 of the Russian Criminal Code (murder),” Magnitskaya wrote in the petition.

She insists that the investigators looking into Magnitskiy’s death and the last hours of his life are relying on the theory of events proposed by employees of the remand prison where Magnitskiy had died, thus allowing them to conceal relevant evidence and information.

The law-enforcement agencies have not yet commented on Magnitskaya’s petition, Ekho Moskvy radio said. быстрые займы на карту займы на карту https://zp-pdl.com/get-quick-online-payday-loan-now.php https://zp-pdl.com/online-payday-loans-cash-advances.php займ на карту

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