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SK finishes probe against 2 prison staff accused of causing Magnitsky's death

January 24, 2012, 17:26 UTC+3
Magnitsky had died of acute cardiac insufficiency "caused by serious illnesses he had"
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MOSCOW, January 24 (Itar-Tass) — The Investigation Committee /SK/ finished the probe against two Butyrka remand prison staff accused of causing the death of Britain's Hermitage Capital Management fund consultant Sergei Magnitsky, SK spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

"The investigation into the criminal case against two personnel of the Butyrka prison, Moscow - a doctor, who provided treatment for Sergei Magnitsky and a her deputy for medical and preventive work has been completed," Markin said.

The defendants are reading the case materials.

"According to the investigator, the doctor ignored Magnitsky' repeated complaints about this health, did not diagnose him and did not prescribe necessary treatment. For his part, her deputy, who was in charge of medical and preventive work, did not supervise medical staff's actions and did not pay proper attention to the patient's requests," the SK representative said.

He reminded that Magnitsky had died of acute cardiac insufficiency "caused by serious illnesses he had."

The charges against the doctor and the remand prison's deputy director were brought under the Criminal Code articles on "causing death by negligence as a result of improper performance of one’s duties," and "negligence."

The investigators will send the criminal case to the Prosecutor General’s Office for endorsing the indictment.

Markin reminded that it was a probe against two Butyrka staff that had been completed. The investigation into the main case, opened over Magnitsky death, was extended to April 24, 2012. The investigator plans to carry out additional expert examination before the deadline. For example, "they are to find out if the circumstances of keeping Magnitsky in custody can be viewed as tortures in the criminal and legal notion of the word."

In addition, the investigators will check the report by the presidential council for human rights and civil society development, released last December, which claimed signs of crime against Magnitsky, both during his criminal prosecution and on the day of his death at the Matrosskaya Tishina remand prison.

Sergei Magnitsky, 37, died in an IT ward of the hospital on the premises of the Matrosskaya Tishina remand prison on November 16, 2009, seven days after he was officially charged with organizing and abetting grand tax evasion. He had spent 11 months in custody.

Forensic experts said Magnitsky had died of a combination of several illnesses, and untimely medical assistance as his health sharply deteriorated.

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