Council of Europe to Conduct International Investigation into the Torture and Murder of Sergei Magnitsky

October 5, 2012

Council of Europe to Conduct International Investigation into the Torture and Murder of Sergei Magnitsky

5 October 2012 – Today, the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved the appointment of its Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee to conduct an international investigation into all of the circumstances of the death of Sergei Magnitsky in Russian police custody three years ago. The vote passed with 9 in favor and 7 opposed.

The vote took place in Strasbourg at the Bureau meeting of the PACE, which consists of national delegation representatives, party group leaders and the chairs of each of the PACE committees. The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly determines the day-to-day workings of PACE.

“This is a very important step forward in the Magnitsky case because it allows for a transparent and independent review of the case in accordance with universally accepted principles at an international level. It is critical since the crucial findings of two independent Russian commissions have been entirely ignored by official investigators from the Russian government,” said a Hermitage Capital representative.

Last week, the mother of Sergei Magnitsky testified in Moscow court at the trial of one prison doctor who is charged with negligence about the failure of the authorities to account for the evidence of Magnitsky’s torture and murder. She appealed to the court to add additional suspects who were responsible for Sergei Magnitsky’s false imprisonment and death in custody. In her speech, Mrs. Magnitskaya highlighted the role of the senior leadership of the Interior Ministry and high ranking officials from the Russian penal system, who organized her son’s numerous transfers between 6 detention centers and at least 21 different cells during his 358 days in detention. Mrs. Magnitskaya’s lawyer also spoke in court about the secret intelligence files that contain records of intelligence activities carried out against Sergei Magnitsky by the Russian Security Service (known as “FSB”) while he was in detention.

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