Dead lawyer to be put on trial

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A MOSCOW court is to start the posthumous trial of a dead anti-corruption lawyer after ignoring calls by his family and lawyers to abandon a case they say is absurd and politically motivated.

Sergei Magnitsky, 37, died in custody in 2009, after he had complained repeatedly of being denied medical treatment.

Lawyers say he was accused of tax fraud after investigating similar claims against his accusers, and he will be the first dead person to go on trial in Russia.