Magnitsky family's attorney wants prison medical official to be tried on murder charges

The defense attorney for the deceased Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, has asked the court to send back to prosecutors the case of ex-deputy head of the Butyrka prison Dmitry Kratov responsible for medical services.

Nikolai Gorokhov told reporters that he disagrees with the definition of Kratov's offence. Kratov must be tried on counts of murder, not negligence, he said. "I have filed the relevant plea to the court," Gorokhov said.

Kratov's defense lawyer Roman Kuchin told the media that his client has rejected all charges, saying that he had conscientiously performed his doctor's duties in compliance with the law," he said. Kratov stands accused of negligence. Investigators argued that Magnitsky died because his serious illness had not diagnosed in time.

Preliminary hearings are continuing at Moscow's Tverskoi Court. The judge is expected to pronounce the resolution on the plea filed, and set a date for the hearings in essence if the case is not returned to prosecutors.

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