MOSCOW, September 6 - RAPSI. The police officers allegedly responsible for Sergey Magnitskys death will be severely punished if convicted, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev told journalists.

Magnitsky, who was a lawyer in Hermitage Capital Management fund, was charged with corporate tax evasion. He died in a Moscow pre-trial detention center in November 2009. According to the Prosecutor Generals Office, his death was caused by cardiovascular insufficiency. The case has sparked a public outcry.