Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Magnitsky May Be Convicted Posthumously

Russian Interior Ministry investigators are ready to file formal charges against late Russian attorney Sergei Magnitsky and Hermitage Capital head William Browder, the Hermitage Capital investment fund reported today. In a letter to Magnitsky’s family and the team of Hermitage Capital attorneys, Interior Ministry Investigator Boris Kibis stated that the Magnitsky case was coming to a head and that it would soon be brought to trial. To avoid this posthumous prosecution, the late lawyers’ relatives were offered a deal whereby they would agree to “abandon their right to defend his honor and dignity” (which apparently means waiving any possible defamation claims). There have never been posthumous criminal cases in modern history before, William Browder said.


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