Constitutional Court Upholds Legality of Reopening Criminal Case against Magnitsky

posted 16 Apr 2012, 01:43 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Apr 2012, 01:43 ]
Source: (info), 10/04/12 

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The Constitutional Court of Russia has upheld the legality of the reopening of the criminal case against attorney Sergei Magnitsky, who died three years ago in a pre-trial detention centre. The Court dismissed an appeal by Magnitsky’s mother to cancel a decision by Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin’s to reopen the investigation, and to revoke his cancellation of a ruling to end the investigation into the attorney’s death. 

“According to the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation, if during the preliminary investigation there emerge reasons for a decision to rehabilitate the deceased, the case becomes subject to termination on grounds relating to rehabilitation. Otherwise, it is transferred to the court for regular consideration,” reads the Constitutional Court decision, cited by the Rosbalt news agency. [Read more]