URGENT ¥¥¥ Dead Russian lawyer's trial opened, adjourned to March 22

A Moscow court on Monday opened the posthumous tax evasion trial against dead lawyer Sergei Magnitsky but swiftly adjourned the next hearing until March 22 to give the defence more time to prepare.

Magnitsky's family is boycotting the trial in protest at what they see as a legal absurdity but the judge at the Tverskoi district court agreed more time was needed to allow the court-appointed defence lawyers to prepare their case.