Former deputy head of prison Butyrka acquitted in Magnitsky case

Moscow's Tverskoi Court has acquitted Dmitry Kratov, the former deputy director of the Butyrka remand center, who was charged with negligence that allegedly led to the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Announcing the statement of reasons, the judge said that Kratov's guilt was not proved and no link was found between his actions and Magnitsky's death, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

The defense lawyers for the family of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky will contest the court decision acquitting Kratov.

"We disagree with this sentence and will contest it within the time established by law," Nikolai Gorokhov, a lawyer for Magnitsky's mother, told Interfax on Friday.

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