FILE - This undated black and white file photo shows Adolf Hitler's secretary Martin Bormann. Even though Sergei Magnitsky died more than three years ago, he is to go on trial next mont

 

              FILE - This undated black and white file photo shows Adolf Hitler
FILE - This undated black and white file photo shows Adolf Hitler's secretary Martin Bormann. Even though Sergei Magnitsky died more than three years ago, he is to go on trial next month in a Russian court. The whistleblowing lawyer died in jail in 2009 after being arrested on charges of tax fraud -- the same fraud in which he alleged Interior Ministry officials had a hand. The plan to bring a dead man to trial adds to the harsh international criticism heaped on Russia over the matter. The court proceedings set to start Feb. 18, 2013 echo some other posthumous trials. Martin Bormann, , the personal secretary to Adolf Hitler, was tried in absentia at the Nuremberg tribunal and sentenced to death _ which in the end proved to be superfluous. At the time of the 1946 trial, the whereabouts of the powerful Nazi official were unknown _ and for decades after the war he was considered one of the most-wanted Nazi war criminals. In 1972 during construction work in downtown Berlin bones were unearthed that were identified as having belonged to Bormann through dental records _ and the location fit with an account that Bormann had committed suicide to avoid falling into enemy hands as he attempted to flee Berlin in the final days of the war in May 1945. But rumors persisted that Bormann had found his way to South America, until DNA tests done in 1998 conclusively proved that the remains found in Berlin were those of Bormann. (AP Photo/File)