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Trial of dead Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky postponed in Moscow

A Russian court has postponed the trial of a dead lawyer who accused law-enforcement authorities of massive corruption and whose case sparked a dispute between Washington and Moscow.

Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was jailed in 2008 on charges of tax evasion. The charges came after he alleged officials and organized criminals conspired to claim $230 million in tax rebates. He died in prison the next year of untreated pancreatitis.

The death attracted wide international attention. The United States last year enacted a law named after Magnitsky that allows sanctions against Russians considered human rights violators. Russia retaliated by banning Americans adopting Russian children.

The posthumous trial was to open Monday, but court-appointed defense attorneys said they needed more time to study case files. The proceedings were put off until March 22.

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