Friday, July 26, 2013

Magnitsky's Boss Wanted in Russia

Russia has officially asked Interpol to put Hermitage Capital equity fund head William Browder on an international wanted list, following his earlier sentencing in absentia. “On orders by the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Russian branch of Interpol has sent a request to the Interpol General Secretariat to issue an international search warrant for British citizen William Felix Browder, born in 1964,” the interior ministry said in a statement. The statement said Browder had been sought on charges of grand fraud and tax evasion involving illegal purchase of Gazprom shares. Browder and Sergei Magnitsky, an accountant for Hermitage Capital, was tried in absentia by a Moscow court in July and was sentenced to nine years in jail and banned from doing business in Russia for three years. Moscow requested Interpol to issue a “blue notice” for Browder, requiring all 190 member states to “collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.” However, the Interpol General Secretariat rejected the request, citing “a predominantly political nature” of the case against Browder.

Interpol Turns Down Russia's Warrant Request for Browder

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