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European Parliament demands sanctions over Magnitsky case

The European Parliament voted Wednesday to demand EU sanctions on 32 Russian officials implicated in the 2009 death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and later attempts to suppress the case and harass his family. The resolution -- which is not legally binding and is seen mainly as a political statement -- calls on the European Council to impose a visa ban and asset freeze on the 32 officials.

Russia convicts lawyer Magnitsky in posthumous trial

By Maria Tsvetkova and Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) - Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in prison in suspicious circumstances, was found guilty of tax evasion on Thursday in a posthumous trial that has further damaged President Vladimir Putin's reputation in the West. The Moscow court also convicted Magnitsky's former client William Browder, a British investment fund boss who has led an international campaign to expose corruption and punish Russian officials he blames for Magnitsky's death in 2009.

Russia presses ahead with trial of dead lawyer

Russian authorities went ahead Wednesday with the controversial posthumous trial of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky for tax evasion despite repeated protests by his family. Magnitsky's family and their lawyers have boycotted the trial, which had to be repeatedly adjourned, but the latest hearing finally got underway at a Moscow court with witnesses accusing Magnitsky of resorting to various schemes to avoid taxes.

Russia presses ahead with trial of dead lawyer

Russian authorities went ahead Wednesday with the controversial posthumous trial of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky for tax evasion despite repeated protests by his family. Magnitsky's family and their lawyers have boycotted the trial, which had to be repeatedly adjourned, but the latest hearing finally got underway at a Moscow court with witnesses accusing Magnitsky of resorting to various schemes to avoid taxes.

Russia presses ahead with trial of dead lawyer

Russian authorities went ahead Wednesday with the controversial posthumous trial of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky for tax evasion despite repeated protests by his family. Magnitsky's family and their lawyers have boycotted the trial, which had to be repeatedly adjourned, but the latest hearing got underway at a Moscow court with witnesses being questioned, an AFP correspondent reported. A black-clad guard stood not far from the symbolically empty defendant's cage with a bench inside.

Russia drops probe into whistleblowing lawyer's death

Russian investigators on Tuesday dropped their probe into the death in custody of a whistleblowing attorney whose case soured relations between Moscow and Washington. The investigators said they had no evidence to confirm claims that Sergei Magnitsky had died in 2009 at the age of 37 from beatings by prison officials. "Based on the preliminary investigation's results, a decision was taken to end the criminal case due to a lack of evidence of a crime," the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Russia drops probe into whistleblowing lawyer's death

Russian investigators on Tuesday dropped their probe into the death in custody of a whistleblowing attorney whose case soured relations between Moscow and Washington. The investigators said they had no evidence to confirm claims that Sergei Magnitsky had died in 2009 at the age of 37 from beatings by prison officials. "Based on the preliminary investigation's results, a decision was taken to end the criminal case due to a lack of evidence of a crime," the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Russia drops probe into whistleblowing lawyer's death

Russian investigators on Tuesday dropped their investigation into the 2009 death in jail of a whistleblowing attorney whose case led to a crisis in relations between Russia and the United States. The investigators said they had no evidence that Sergei Magnitsky died at the age of 37 from beatings by prison staff, as his family and US-born former employer William Browder claim. "Based on the preliminary investigation's results, a decision was taken to end the criminal case due to a lack of evidence of a crime," the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Russia adjourns dead lawyer trial to March 22

A Moscow court on Monday adjourned the tax evasion trial of dead Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky until March 22, after opening the process in defiance of criticism from his family and the West. The trial of Magnitsky -- whose 2009 death lead to a crisis in relations with the United States -- got underway at the Tverskoi district court but was almost immediately adjourned by the judge.

Russia adjourns dead lawyer trial to March 22

A Moscow court on Monday put dead Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on trial for tax evasion in defiance of his family's complaints it was "desecrating" his memory, but swiftly adjourned the process to March 22. After several preliminary hearings earlier this year, the trial proper got underway at the Tverskoi district court but the judge quickly adjourned the hearing to give the court-appointed defence more time to prepare. The tiny courtroom was crammed with journalists who barely had any room to stand while the cage that usually holds defendants stood symbolically empty.
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