Presidential Human Rights Council dissatisfied with Magnitsky case investigation


The Presidential Human Rights Council is dissatisfied with the tempo of the investigation into the death of Hermitage Capital attorney Sergei Magnitsky at a Moscow detention ward.

Human rights activists are no longer invited to witness investigative procedures in the Magnitsky case, Council member, head of the National Anti-Corruption Committee public organization Kirill Kabanov said at the Council’s meeting in Moscow on Thursday.

“The Investigative Committee has assigned a new detective to the case. The new detective is not cooperative with human rights activists and the Presidential Council; that is the right he has by the Criminal Procedure Code,” he said.

A short time ago the Presidential Council’s working group believed that some progress had been made in the Magnitsky case, he said.

“We started to interact with the detectives. For the first time ever an Investigative Committee detective invited human rights activists to witness investigative procedures and asked their opinion about particular episodes,” Kabanov said.

“Yet as soon as the case went beyond the accusations of doctors of the Federal Prisons Service and questions about corruption and multibillion embezzlements were asked to officers of the Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service, the system started to defend itself,” he said.

The Presidential Council published a Magnitsky case report accusing doctors, officials and law enforcers of his death.

Magnitsky, an attorney for the investment foundation Hermitage Capital, died in the Matrosskaya Tishina detention facility on November 16, 2009 at the age of 37. He was charged with tax evasion.

Magnitsky’s death drew a broad public response. The Investigations Committee opened a criminal case on charges of failure to provide assistance to a patient and negligence.

In July, the U.S. State Department compiled a ‘black list’ of Russian officials it suspects of involvement in Magnitsky’s death. The list includes Federal Security Service (FSB) officers, top and medium-rank policemen, prison guards and medics, prosecutors and tax inspectors.

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