Press Release: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Takes Steps Towards Launching an International Investigation into the Murder of Sergei Magnitsky

Press Release
Law and Order in Russia

25 April 2012 – Yesterday, at the Spring Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) meeting in Strasbourg, 69 members of Parliament from 29 countries signed a motion entitled: “Refusing impunity for the killers of Sergei Magnitsky”. The motion calls for a ‘dedicated report’ to investigate the death of Sergei Magnitsky and return the findings to the Assembly at a later date this year.

Sergei Magnitsky (Photo courtesy of Russian Untouchables)

The motion states:

“The conspiracy leading to Mr Magnitsky’s death was exposed by journalists and investigated by the Presidential Human Rights Council and other civil society bodies, which concluded in the summer of 2011 that a number of named officials were indeed apparently responsible for this crime.

According to investigators, following the events in question, the officials concerned acquired luxury properties and other assets whose value far exceeds what they could afford on their salaries as public servants. The competent authorities have nevertheless failed to properly investigate and prosecute those responsible for Mr Magnitsky’s death. Instead, they have continued to accuse Mr. Magnitsky, even seeking to prosecute him posthumously.”

It further states:

“For the sake of its own credibility and that of the Russian Federation, the Assembly should now engage in co-operation with Russia, through the preparation of a dedicated report, in order to fully elucidate this landmark case.”

The motion was introduced by Pieter Omtzigt, a Member of Parliament from the Netherlands and member of the European People’s Party (EPP) at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Mr Omtzigt said:

“It is a highly unusual step within the Council of Europe to focus on one case from one country for a report. The high number of supporters from so many countries within the Council of Europe suggests the truly emblematic nature of the Magnitsky case and the Russian Government’s inadequate response.”

The motion will be considered by the PACE Bureau at the Council of Europe on Friday 27 April. The Bureau is made up of the President of the Assembly, 18 Vice –President’s (each from a different member state), the Chair of each Political Group and Chairs of each PACE Committee. Once the Bureau approve the motion, steps will be taken to commission a special report into the Magnitsky case and assign a rapporteur to conduct the investigation and write the final report.

Special reports have previously been conducted into the Khodokovsky case, CIA extraordinary rendition and organ thefts in Kosovo.

The Magnitsky case was previously raised at length in the August 2009 Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee report written by the former Rapporteur Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, currently serving as Germany’s Minister for Justice. This report can be found here: http://russian-untouchables.com/docs/D42.pdf

The full text of the “Refusing impunity for the killers of Sergei Magnitsky” motion submitted at yesterday’s PACE Spring meeting can be found here: http://assembly.coe.int/ASP/Doc/XrefViewPDF.asp?FileID=18232&Language=EN

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Full list of PACE Signatories:

OMTZIGT Pieter, Netherlands, EPP/CD

ACKETOFT Tina, Sweden, ALDE

AGRAMUNT Pedro, Spain, EPP/CD

ANDERSON Donald, United Kingdom, SOC

ÁRNASON Mörður, Iceland, SOC

AXELSSON Lennart, Sweden, SOC

BACKMAN Þuriður, Iceland, UEL

BARDINA PAU Josep Anton, Andorra, ALDE

BARNETT Doris, Germany, SOC

BOROWSKI Marek, Poland, NR

BREMER Tor, Norway, SOC

BUGNON André, Switzerland, ALDE

CEDERBRATT Mikael, Sweden, EPP/CD

ČIGĀNE Lolita, Latvia, EPP/CD

CILEVIČS Boriss, Latvia, SOC

CONNARTY Michael, United Kingdom, SOC

CORSINI Paolo, Italy, SOC

CRAMON-TAUBADEL Viola, von, Germany, SOC

DEBONO GRECH Joseph, Malta, SOC

FLEGO Gvozden Srećko, Croatia, SOC

FRUNDA György, Romania, EPP/CD

GARDETTO Jean-Charles, Monaco, EPP/CD

GUNNARSSON Jonas, Sweden, SOC

GUŢU Ana, Republic of Moldova, ALDE

HARANGOZÓ Gábor, Hungary, SOC

HAUGLI Håkon, Norway, SOC

HOLOVATY Serhiy, Ukraine, ALDE

JENSEN Michael Aastrup, Denmark, ALDE

JOHANSSON Mats, Sweden, EPP/CD

LĪBIŅA-EGNERE Inese, Latvia, EPP/CD

LOKLINDT Lone, Denmark, ALDE

LØHDE Sophie, Denmark, ALDE

LUNDGREN Kerstin, Sweden, ALDE

LYDEKA Arminas, Lithuania, ALDE

MAELEN Dirk, Van der, Belgium, SOC

MANZONE-SAQUET Nicole, Monaco, EPP/CD

MARCENARO Pietro, Italy, SOC

MARIN Christine, France, EPP/CD

MATEU PI Meritxell, Andorra, ALDE

MATUŠIĆ Frano, Croatia, EPP/CD

MAURY PASQUIER Liliane, Switzerland, SOC

MEALE Alan, United Kingdom, SOC

MONTAG Jerzy, Germany, SOC

MOTA AMARAL João Bosco, Portugal, EPP/CD

NEGELE Gebhard, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD

O’REILLY Joseph, Ireland, EPP/CD

PAPADIMITRIOU Elsa, Greece, EPP/CD

PELKONEN Jaana, Finland, EPP/CD

PFLUG Johannes, Germany, SOC

PHELAN John Paul, Ireland, EPP/CD

POURBAIX-LUNDIN Marietta, de, Sweden, EPP/CD

RAČAN Ivan, Croatia, SOC

REISSMANN Mette, Denmark, SOC

ROSEIRA Maria de Belém, Portugal, SOC

RUPPRECHT Marlene, Germany, SOC

SANNEN Ludo, Belgium, SOC

SCHOU Ingjerd, Norway, EPP/CD

SCHUSTER Marina, Germany, ALDE

SHERIDAN Jim, United Kingdom, SOC

SVEINSSON Gunnar Bragi, Iceland, ALDE

TOMLINSON John E., United Kingdom, SOC

TRETTEBERGSTUEN Anette, Norway, SOC

TUIKSOO Ester, Estonia, ALDE

VAREIKIS Egidijus, Lithuania, EPP/CD

VERCAMER Stefaan, Belgium, EPP/CD

VIROLAINEN Anne-Mari, Finland, EPP/CD

VUČKOVIĆ Nataša, Serbia, SOC

WADEPHUL Johann, Germany, EPP/CD

XUCLÀ Jordi, Spain, ALDE

Author: Impunity Watch Archive

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