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Magnitsky's Posthumous Trial Resumes In Moscow


Attorneys of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky sit in front of an empty defendant's cage during a court session in Moscow on March 22.
The posthumous trial of whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky has resumed in Moscow.

Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 after accusing state officials of a $230 million tax-refund fraud.

Those state officials initiated tax-fraud charges against Magnitsky and he died in 2009 in pretrial detention after nearly a year in jail.

On March 22, the judge rejected Magnitsky's court-appointed lawyers request to postpone the hearing until Russia's Constitutional Court rules on the legitimacy of trying a dead man.

The judge adjourned the trial until March 27.

Magnitsky's relatives are boycotting the trial.

His death, blamed by his family on abuse and neglect, caused tensions between Washington and Moscow.

Last year, the United States passed legislation to punish officials linked to Magnitsky's death and other human rights abuses.

Russia responded by introducing a ban on adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax