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Interpol has Re-opened the Browder Red Notice Case on the Back of Magnitsky’s Posthumous Trial

July 3, 2014

Inter­pol has Re–openedthe Brow­derRed Notice Case on the Back of Magnitsky’s Posthu­mous Trial

3 July 2014 – Doc­u­ments recently received from Inter­pol show that the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment has suc­cess­fully con­vinced Interpol’s Com­mis­sion for Con­trol of Files to re-open their con­sid­er­a­tion to issue an Inter­pol Red Notice for Bill Brow­der, by sub­mit­ting Mr Browder’s con­vic­tion in absen­tia in Rus­sia, where he was a co-defendant with the deceased Sergei Mag­nit­sky in the first ever posthu­mous trial in Russ­ian history.

Two pre­vi­ous Russ­ian attempts to get a Red Notice issued for Mr Brow­der failed because Inter­pol deemed those attempts were polit­i­cally moti­vated and vio­lated Interpol’s con­sti­tu­tion. Shortly after Interpol’s first rejec­tion of Russia’s request for Brow­der, Interpol’s Gen­eral Sec­re­tary wrote an edi­to­r­ial for the Daily Tele­graph news­pa­per, cit­ing Mr Browder’s case as the exam­ple for why reforms are not needed at Inter­pol (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10082582/Interpol-makes-the-world-a-safer-place.html).

Strangely, Inter­pol has now decided to reopen the case based onthe Mag­nit­sky posthu­mous trial. Interpol’s Com­mis­sion for the Con­trol of Interpol’s Files said that it plans to re-examine the Russ­ian sub­mis­sion in rela­tion to Mr Brow­der at its next ses­sion in Octo­ber 2014.

It would be a true sig­nal of the need for reform of Inter­pol if a Red Notice were issued on the basis of the first posthu­mous trial in Europe since Pope For­mo­sus in 897,” said a Her­mitage Cap­i­tal representative.

In July 2013, Sergei Mag­nit­sky was con­victed of tax eva­sion three years after he was mur­dered in Russ­ian state cus­tody, in the first ever posthu­mous trial in Russ­ian his­tory. Bill Brow­der was con­victed as his co-defendant in the sec­ond ever trial in absen­tia against a West­erner. The trial was deemed to be polit­i­cally moti­vated and ille­git­i­mate by the Coun­cil of Europe, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and numer­ous inter­na­tional human rights organisations.

The con­vic­tions have since been upheld by the Moscow City court in Jan­u­ary this year, in the absence of lawyers for Mr Brow­der and Mr Mag­nit­sky. Instead, they were rep­re­sented by unknown lawyers appointed by the Russ­ian government.

In addi­tion to pre­sent­ing Inter­pol with the con­vic­tions from that trial as “new evi­dence,” the Russ­ian author­i­ties pre­sented a “fresh” arrest war­rant for Mr Brow­der, issued in March this year on the basis of the posthu­mous trial. The arrest war­rant was signed by Moscow judge Elena Stashina, who is sanc­tioned by the U.S. Gov­ern­ment for her role in the false deten­tion of Sergei Mag­nit­sky. Four days before Sergei Mag­nit­sky was mur­dered in police cus­tody, Judge Stashina pro­longed his deten­tion and denied Magnitsky’s med­ical care requests.

Judge Igor Alisov, who issued the posthu­mous con­vic­tion, was also placed on the U.S. Government’s sanc­tions list under the ‘U.S. Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act,’ for his role in con­ceal­ing the lia­bil­ity of offi­cials involved in Sergei Magnitsky’s death.

The doc­u­ments used in the posthu­mous trial were fab­ri­cated by Russ­ian Inte­rior Min­istry offi­cers, includ­ing offi­cers Artem Kuznetsov and Oleg Silchenko, also involved in Sergei Magnitsky’s false arrest and deten­tion, and who are also sanc­tioned by the U.S. Gov­ern­ment, which pro­hibits U.S. per­sons from any deal­ings with them.



Сенатский комитет Конгресса США одобрил глобальную версию закона Магнитского

July 1, 2014

30 июня 2014 года – Комитет Сената Конгресса США одобрил новый глобальный законопроект имени Сергея Магнитского, вводящий адресные санкции в отношении коррупционеров и лиц, попирающих базовые ценности и свободы человека во всем мире.

«Новый законопроект имени Сергея Магнитского, одобренный в Комитете Конгресса США, вводит индивидуальную ответственность для коррупционеров и нарушителей прав человека во всем мире, в виде запрета на выдачу виз и арест активов этих лиц, действующих под прикрытием поощряющих их тоталитарных и авторитарных режимов в своих странах. Это – развитие уже действующего закона Магнитского, продемонстрировавшего свою эффективность и новый механизм противостояния коррупции и нарушениям прав человека в 21 веке», — сказал представитель кампании «Справедливость для Сергея Магнитского».

В действующий санкционный список правительства США по закону Магнитского уже включены 30 человек. Список публикуется на сайте Министерства финансов США (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20140520.aspx).

В Европе Европейский парламент одобрил список из 32 чиновников и частных лиц, причастных к делу Магнитского.

Глобальный законопроект имени Сергея Магнитского будет вынесен на голосование всего Сената Конгресса США.



Global Magnitsky Human Rights & Anti-Corruption Bill Approved by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

July 1, 2014

30 June 2014 – In a land­mark vote, the U.S. Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee has approved a new Global Mag­nit­sky Bill (S. 1933) which builds on the suc­cess of Russia-focused Mag­nit­sky leg­is­la­tion by impos­ing tar­geted sanc­tions on cor­rupt offi­cials and human rights oppres­sors around the world.

“The new Global Mag­nit­sky Human Rights & Anti-Corruption bill is a his­toric piece of leg­is­la­tion designed to deter and cre­ate con­se­quences for those who are respon­si­ble for cor­rup­tion and human rights vio­la­tions around the world today. Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions are the new tech­nol­ogy for fight­ing human rights abuse in the 21st cen­tury,” said William Brow­der, leader of the global Mag­nit­sky jus­tice movement.

The new Global Mag­nit­sky bill expands the author­ity of the U.S. Pres­i­dent to impose tar­geted sanc­tions on for­eign per­sons involved in cor­rup­tion and gross vio­la­tions. The Global Mag­nit­sky sanc­tions include visa ban and asset freezes on indi­vid­ual human rights abusers any­where in the world.

In 2012, the U.S. Con­gress adopted the Russia-focused Mag­nit­sky Act which imposes such tar­geted sanc­tions on indi­vid­u­als who were involved in the tor­ture and killing of Russ­ian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Mag­nit­sky, the cover up of these crimes, and indi­vid­u­als who are respon­si­ble for oppress­ing other Russ­ian civil rights activists.

Since the adop­tion of the Mag­nit­sky Act, 30 per­sons have been placed on the U.S. Government’s sanc­tions list, includ­ing Russ­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials as well as leader of the Klyuev Crime Group respon­si­ble for the theft of $230 mil­lion of Russ­ian pub­lic funds exposed by late Sergei Mag­nit­sky (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20140520.aspx).

The global Mag­nit­sky bill is the lat­est in a series of efforts by the US and Europe to build on the Mag­nit­sky Act and end impunity for human rights abusers and cor­rupt offi­cials around the world.

Fol­low­ing the vote in the Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee, the next step in the leg­isla­tive process is for the Global Mag­nit­sky bill to be voted on the Sen­ate floor.

See details on the Global Mag­nit­sky bill:

https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1933

 



Russia Targets Magnitsky Justice Campaigner Browder Through Interpol for the Third Time

June 19, 2014

The Russ­ian gov­ern­ment has again tar­geted William Brow­der, leader of the global Mag­nit­sky jus­tice cam­paign, through Inter­pol, an inter­na­tional police organ­i­sa­tion. This is Russia’s third attempt to involve Inter­pol in its polit­i­cal attack on Mr Brow­der, who has angered the Russ­ian author­i­ties with his crit­i­cism of cor­rup­tion and human rights vio­la­tions under the Putin regime.

This morn­ing, the Russ­ian Gen­eral Prosecutor’s Office announced that it has suc­ceeded in its goal of mak­ing Interpol’s data pro­tec­tion com­mis­sion, known as the Com­mis­sion for the Con­trol of Interpol’s Files, to con­sider the third Russ­ian request seek­ing to search for William Brow­der via Inter­pol chan­nels. Pre­vi­ous requests were denied by both the Inter­pol Com­mis­sion and by Interpol’s Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat on the grounds of their “pre­dom­i­nantly polit­i­cal nature” and being con­trary to Interpol’s Con­sti­tu­tion and rules, which pro­hibit tar­get­ing polit­i­cal oppo­nents through police cooperation.

In a state­ment, the Russ­ian Gen­eral Prosecutor’s Office said this morning:

“Thanks to the actions of the Gen­eral Prosecutor’s Office of the Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion, the Com­mis­sion for Con­trol of Interpol’s Files will recon­sider the mat­ter of the inter­na­tional search for William Brow­der.” http://www.genproc.gov.ru/smi/news/genproc/news-202876/The announce­ment fur­ther explained that the Russ­ian Prosecutor’s Office has achieved its goal of tar­get­ing Mr Brow­der at Inter­pol by “hold­ing meet­ings with Interpol’s lead­er­ship and heads of depart­ments”, and tak­ing part in the Inter­pol Commission’s meet­ing in Jan­u­ary 2014 with a “rea­soned report on the valid­ity of crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion” of Mr Browder.

Mr Brow­der, who resides in Eng­land, has been tar­geted by the Russ­ian author­i­ties with retal­ia­tory and spu­ri­ous crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings in Rus­sia for a num­ber of years. The attack on him by the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment esca­lated after the adop­tion in Decem­ber 2012 of the U.S. ‘Sergei Mag­nit­sky Rule of Law Account­abil­ity Act’, which imposes tar­geted visa and finan­cial sanc­tions on Russ­ian offi­cials and oth­ers involved in Magnitsky’s ill-treatment and death in police cus­tody, and the sub­se­quent cover up of those crimes.

Since the pas­sage of the Mag­nit­sky law in the United States, the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment has responded in a hos­tile man­ner, by con­vict­ing Mr Brow­der in absen­tia and Mr Mag­nit­sky posthu­mously in the first ever posthu­mous trial in Russ­ian legal his­tory, which was held beyond the statute of limitations.The judge who presided over the posthu­mous trial was put on the sanc­tions list by the U.S. Gov­ern­ment, and at the same time pro­moted by Pres­i­dent Putin.  Russ­ian author­i­ties have also opened a new crim­i­nal case in which Mr Brow­der is alleged to have harmed Russia’s “national eco­nomic secu­rity,” through his share­holder activism twelve years ago at Kremlin-controlled Gazprom, Russia’s gas monopoly.

No com­ment from Interpol’s Com­mis­sion on the Russ­ian Prosecutor’s Office announce­ment is avail­able yet.



Реакция на заявление МВД о включении оперативника Кречетова в американский список Магнитского

May 23, 2014

Вчера представители ГУВД Москвы прокомментировали включение в американский список Магнитского их бывшего сотрудника, продолжающего службу в МВД – Андрея Кречетова. По словам ГУВД Москвы, которые привел «Интерфакс», сотрудник МВД Андрей Кречетов “не имел непосредственного отношения” к расследованию дела против Сергея Магнитского, “а выполнял лишь отдельные поручения”. (more…)



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