Prosecutor wants Magnitsky and Browder to be declared guilty of tax-evasion in absentia

The prosecutor in Moscow's Tverskoy court suggested declaring the head of the Hermitage Capital fund, William Browder, and the fund's lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a pretrial detention facility, guilty of tax-evasion in absentia

The prosecutor in Moscow's Tverskoy district court on Wednesday suggested declaring the head of the Hermitage Capital fund, William Browder, and the fund's lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a pretrial detention facility, guilty of tax-evasion in absentia.

He made the suggestion during the presentation of their cases.

He said that the guilt of the suspects was proven by materials examined during the course of the trial and by testimony of witnesses.

"The evidence we produced fully proves the objectiveness of the charges brought to Browder and Magnitsky," the prosecutor said.

He said that Magnitsky invented a scheme to avoid paying taxes by hiring people with disabilities.

"He found disabled people and hired them as financial analysts," the prosecutor said.

He noted that Browder and Magnitsky entered into a criminal plot in order to evade taxes and the combined damage caused by their offenses exceeded half a billion rubles.

The prosecutor in Moscow's Tverskoy district court has asked that the head of Hermitage Capital fund William Browder be sentenced to nine years in absentia for tax-evasion.

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