Official acquitted in Magnitsky's jail death case

Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has acquitted the only official charged with the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Magnitsky died in jail in 2009 after his pancreatitis went untreated. An investigation by Russia's presidential council on human rights concluded that Magnitsky was severely beaten and denied medical treatment.

The Tverskoy court found jail doctor Dmitry Kratov not guilty of negligence causing death.

The case has become a rallying point for human rights advocates in Russia and abroad. Congress in December passed legislation calling for sanctions against officials deemed human rights violators. The bill provoked retaliation from Moscow, including a bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children that President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign.

Magnitsky's family and associates described the trial as sham, saying authorities failed to prosecute officials responsible.