Russian investigators have reopened a criminal investigation for fraud against a whistle-blowing lawyer whose death in a Moscow prison caused international outrage.
The decision to reopen the probe follows a recent Constitutional Court ruling allowing criminal cases to be pursued against suspects who are already dead.
Supporters of Magnitsky say the lawyer was denied life-saving treatment while in pretrial detention, leading to his death in November 2009, aged 37.
Magnitsky, whom prosecutors accused of tax evasion and fraud, claimed to have uncovered a massive tax scam by corrupt police officers.
compiled from agency reports