Natalya Magnitskaya, the mother of Hermitage Capital employee Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow detention facility more than four years ago, demands that the Interior Ministry close the criminal case which she says involves her son.

"Sergei Magnitsky's mother has sent a demand to the Interior Ministry to close the second criminal case against her son, which was opened after his death and in which he is accused of the misappropriation of 5.4 billion rubles for the purpose of money laundering," the Hermitage Capital press service said in a report obtained by Interfax on Monday.

In early 2014, the Hermitage Capital press service reported that a new criminal case involving the misappropriation of 5.4 billion rubles ($131.3 billion) had been opened against Magnitsky.

Hermitage Capital auditor Magnitsky was arrested on the counts of tax evasion and died at a Moscow detention facility on November 16, 2009. The Moscow Tverskoi Court sentenced him in absentia on July 2013 for evading taxes of more than 522 million rubles ($15.2 milion) through the falsification of tax declarations and the illegal use of benefits provided to persons with disabilities. The case was dropped in Russia but Magnitsky was denied rehabilitation because his culpability had been proven.

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