Thursday, 13 Aug 2020

Suspected killers of Jamal Khashoggi and Sergei Magnitsky included on new UK sanctions list

Forty-seven people – including those suspected to have been involved in the deaths of a Saudi journalist and a Russian auditor – have been included on a new UK sanctions list.

Under a new UK-only regime, those individuals are the first to have been designated for sanctions such as travel bans and asset freezes.

They include:

– 20 Saudi nationals involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi;

– 25 Russian nationals involved in the mistreatment and death of auditor Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered widespread corruption;

– two high-ranking Myanmar generals involved in violence against Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities.

Two organisations involved in forced labour, torture and murder in North Korea’s gulags have also been listed.

Announcing the new sanctions regime to MPs, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the House of Commons: “Today this government and this House sends a very clear message on behalf of the British people.

“Those with blood on their hands, the thugs of despots, the henchman of dictators will not be free to waltz into this country to buy up property on the King’s Road, to do their Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge or frankly to siphon dirty money through British banks or other financial institutions.”

He also warned that organised criminals will “not be able to launder your blood money in this country”.

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