Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Duma Says Judges Are Disobeying Medvedev

Posted by Info on 24/05/2010

The law, sponsored by President Dmitry Medvedev, prohibits the detention of suspects and defendants in many cases involving economic crimes. It was drafted in response to the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, 37, who died in pretrial detention after purportedly not receiving sufficient medical help. A second suspect, businesswoman Vera Trifonova, 53, has since died in custody after also apparently not receiving medical care.

State Duma deputies have complained to the Supreme Court that judges are failing to obey a Kremlin-backed law that bans the arrest of suspects in economic crimes.

The complaint, which was approved Friday, also asks the court for information about how many businesspeople have been arrested for economic crimes and how many of them have asked to be freed and have been placed under house arrest after the law was enacted a month ago.

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