Britain targets 22 people with new anti-corruption sanctions | World
LONDON (AP) – Britain on Monday imposed asset freezes and travel bans on 22 people accused of corruption, bribes and fraud in its first use of new sanctioning powers to target corruption in the world.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told lawmakers the sanctions would prevent the UK from being used as “a safe haven for dirty money”.
The list includes 14 Russians involved in a $ 230 million tax evasion and three members of the Gupta business family who are involved in a corruption scandal in South Africa. Britain is also punishing businessman Ashraf Seed Ahmed Al-Cardinal, accused of stealing state property in impoverished South Sudan, and individuals from Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
Britain has previously imposed sanctions within the framework of the European Union or under the auspices of the United Nations. Since leaving the EU in 2020, it has put in place its own sanctions regime.
Anti-corruption sanctions – imposed in coordination with the United States – complement a package of measures targeting human rights abuses Britain introduced last year. Both have been called “Magnitsky sanctions” after Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Moscow prison after exposing a tax evasion scheme involving Russian officials, including those sanctioned by the UK on Monday.
The UK has used human rights sanctions against 78 individuals and entities, including senior Saudi intelligence officials accused of being involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and military commanders involved in the coup. ‘February State in Myanmar.