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The investigation in the first criminal case over Sergei Magnitsky’s death is over

June 22, 2012, 13:33 UTC+3
The defendant in this criminal case is deputy director of the Butyrka detention centre for treatment Dmitry Kratov
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MOSCOW, June 22 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian Investigation Committee stated on Thursday that the investigation is completed in the first criminal case over the death of auditor of the Hermitage Capital Foundation Sergei Magnitsky at the prison hospital in November 2009. The defendant in this criminal case is deputy director of the Butyrka detention centre for treatment Dmitry Kratov. However, he is not the only defendant in the criminal case.

The Kratov case was singled out in a separate criminal case over the death of Sergei Magnitsky at the prison hospital that was highly publicized, the Kommersant daily reported. The criminal case was opened under the articles for causing death through negligence and occupational negligence.

The detectives have gathered enough evidence that the Butyrka deputy director “performed negligently his official duties for medical aid to the inmates of the detention centre” that resulted in the death of Magnitsky in November 2009, a source in the Investigation Committee said.

The newspaper recalled that the detectives found Magnitsky, 37, who was under investigation in a high-profile tax evasion case, turned for medical aid repeatedly at the detention centre and the prison authorities with complaints about a bad health, but did not receive the adequate medical aid. Finally his health worsened sharply and Magnitsky was transferred to the hospital of the Matrosskaya Tishina detention centre, where he died at the intensive therapy ward of cardiomyopathy, which was aggravated by diabetes and chronic active hepatitis. The detectives found that the arrestee was not given timely treatment and did not get adequate therapy that “deprived Magnitsky of any chances for a favourable outcome.”

The case files against the deputy director of the Butyrka detention centre were already passed to the Prosecutor General’s Office to determine the indictment, after that the criminal materials will be passed to court. Meanwhile, the source noted that “the investigation against other defendants continues.” The agency did not elaborate on this report, the newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, the Izvestia daily reported that Chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Committee Kirill Kabanov attained through the court the cancellation of the denial to open a criminal case against deputy head of a branch of the Interior Ministry’s investigation department Natalia Vinogradova, who was in charge of investigations in many high-profile criminal cases, including that versus Magnitsky. Kabanov affirmed that the detective was extorting a bribe from the defendants in the criminal cases. The Presnensky District Court of Moscow instructed the Investigation Committee to check Vinogradova for corruption in this criminal case.

A year after a petition in the Investigation Committee by Kirill Kabanov the detectives did not launch an inquiry in his testimony about a probable bribery case against Natalia Vinogradova, the RBC daily reported. “Now we are waiting for a response from the Investigation Committee. They can appeal the verdict in the Moscow City Court within ten days and announce a new inquiry. The SK source said that they will think about it. Probably, Alexander Bastrykin will be interested in this criminal case and will ask to pass from the Moscow main investigation department in the central staff,” Kabanov’s lawyer Pavel Zaitsev said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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