MOSCOW, March 1 - RAPSI. The relatives of the late Hermitage Capital fund's lawyer Sergei Magnitsky have refused to study the criminal case against him, the Interior Ministry's Investigative Department told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

The case will now be submitted to the court.

Magnitsky was charged with large-scale tax evasion committed in collision with other individuals.

"Investigators were well aware of the relatives' position regarding the case, and now we have their formal written refusal to study the criminal case," the Investigative Department said.

The investigation will now have to send Magnitskys case to court since his relatives refused to study it, the source said.

He also noted that the defense attorneys of Hermitage Capital head William Browder, who is also a defendant in the case, are ready to study the case documents.

Magnitsky, an auditor for the Hermitage Capital Management Fund, was charged with large-scale corporate tax evasion. He died in a Moscow pretrial detention center on November 16, 2009, after spending nearly a year behind bars.