Court finds Hermitage Capital's Magnitsky, Browder guilty of tax evasion in absentia

Moscow's Tverskoi Court has found Hermitage Capital auditor Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a pretrial detention center in 2009, and Hermitage Capital co-founder and CEO William Browder guilty of tax evasion in absentia, an Interfax correspondent has reported from the courtroom.

Moscow's Tverskoi Court has found Hermitage Capital auditor Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a pretrial detention center in 2009, and Hermitage Capital co-founder and CEO William Browder guilty of tax evasion in absentia, an Interfax correspondent has reported from the courtroom.

Judge Igor Alisov chairing the hearing announced that he found Magnitsky and Browder guilty in the analytical part of the sentence, after reciting the reasons on which he based his ruling.

He is expected later to announce the punishment he has chosen for Browder.

As concerns Magnitsky, the court is expected to close the case against him due to his death. However, as he has been found guilty, the court will apparently deny his rehabilitation, on which his relatives insisted earlier.

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