Peters & Peters proud to sponsor Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards 2015
Peters & Peters is proud to have sponsored the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards, which took place on 16 November 2015 in honour of Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, on the sixth anniversary of his death.
The Awards were hosted by Hermitage Capital Management, a victim of ‘corporate raiding’ in the Russian Federation. Sergei Magnitsky, the company’s lawyer, was imprisoned by the Russian authorities during his investigation of the case, and died as a result of his treatment in custody.
Peters & Peters has acted for Hermitage, and for its CEO Bill Browder, for the best part of a decade, primarily in defeating requests to the UK by the Russian government for mutual legal assistance, on issues concerning possible extradition proceedings, and INTERPOL.
In May 2013, INTERPOL announced its decision not to issue any Red Notice in Bill’s case, as INTERPOL agreed that it was politically motivated. INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald Noble discussed the case in a Telegraph opinion editorial. The firm also represented Hermitage at the outset of the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny.
Jasvinder Nakhwal, Partner, Business Crime, said: “It was an honour for Peters & Peters to support such an important and ground breaking event, which celebrated leading figures in the fight against human rights abuses worldwide.”
The winners of the awards are:
1) Boris Nemtsov (posthumously and accepted by his daughter Zhanna Nemtsova), Russian opposition leader (Special Award for Campaigning for Democracy)
2) Guy Verhofstadt, Member of European Parliament (Campaigning European Politician Award)
3) Jim McGovern, U.S. Congressman (Campaigning US Politician Award)
4) The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, an anti-corruption and investigative journalism NGO (Outstanding Investigative Journalism Award, accepted by Paul Radu and Roman Anin)
5) Andrew Rettman, European journalist with EU Observer (Outstanding European Coverage of Magnitsky Case Award)
6) James O’Brien, British journalist, television and radio presenter, and a show host on LBC talk station (Outstanding British Coverage of Magnitsky Case Award)
7) Geoffrey Robertson QC, international lawyer (Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights Law Award)
8) The Oslo Freedom Forum, a human rights conference platform (Best Human Rights NGO Award, accepted by Thor Halvorssen)
9) The Hon. Irwin Cotler, former Attorney General and Justice Minister of Canada (Outstanding Contribution to Global Magnitsky Campaign)
Jasvinder Nakhwal, Partner in the Business Crime Department, acts in this case, and is assisted by Rebecca Meads, Associate, and Peter FitzGerald, Associate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.