Thursday, October 6, 2011

“Magnitsky List” Investigator Arrested on Bribery Charges

A police investigator implicated in the prosecution of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky has been charged with extorting a $3 million bribe. Nelli Dmitriyeva, a senior investigator with the Interior Ministry's Moscow branch, is suspected of extorting the bribe while holding an inquiry into contraband medical equipment, the Investigative Committee said in a statement. Her arrest was sanctioned by a Moscow court on a request of the investigators and over a protest of the prosecutor's office. Dmitriyeva is one of 60 officials linked to the 2009 death of Magnitsky, 37, who died in detention after being badly beaten by guards and being refused treatment for existing health problems. In court Dmitrieva has denied guilt but offered to testify against other “high-ranking officials.” (video)

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