Strasbourg, 04.09.2013 – A committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has urged the competent Russian authorities to fully investigate the circumstances and background of the death of Russian tax and accountancy expert Sergei Magnitsky, and the possible criminal responsibility of all officials involved in his death.
PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, approving a report today in Paris on “Refusing impunity for the killers of Sergei Magnitsky” prepared by Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC), said in a draft resolution that targeted sanctions against individuals involved – such as visa bans and account freezes – should be considered as “a means of last resort”. The committee resolved to follow closely how its recommendations are implemented.
Approving the rapporteur’s detailed analysis of Mr Magnitsky’s death in pre-trial detention in Moscow in 2009, the parliamentarians said they were “appalled” by his death, and by the fact that none of the persons responsible have yet been held to account. (more...)