The British Parliament approved the analogue of “Magnitsky act”
The amendments will allow to freeze the assets of foreign human rights violators.
Moscow. 21 Feb. INTERFAX.RU the House of Commons of the UK Parliament adopted an amendment to the legislation aimed at combating the laundering of illicit funds through the purchase of UK residential property by foreign officials who violate human rights in any country of the world. The initiative was caused by the case of the deceased employee of Fund Hermitage Capital of Sergei Magnitsky, wrote on Tuesday The Independent.
These measures will send a clear message that the United Kingdom will not stand by and let those who have committed serious abuses and violations around the world, to launder their money here.Ben Wholessale Ministers of Britain
We are talking about one of those official persons of foreign States who have committed abuse against corruption fighters and human rights activists abroad. The amendment of the British authorities to freeze their assets in the UK.
The Independent notes that earlier, a group of 50 deputies from eight British parties demanded to amend the criminal law. One of the deputies noted that the initiative was caused by the employee of Fund Hermitage Capital of Sergei Magnitsky.
However, the home office is the British government Department responsible for immigration control, security and order — has refused to consider new measures comparable to the so-called “Magnitsky act” adopted in the United States, the publication adds.
In addition, the home office did not recognize the right of a third party to claim from the British government’s measures against alleged foreign human rights violators.
The Magnitsky Case
Sergei Magnitsky was arrested on charges of tax evasion, died in Moscow pre-trial detention on 16 November 2009. His colleagues, co-founder of Hermitage Capital, William Browder, the head of the British company Firestone Duncan Jamison Firestone said that he was arrested after he exposed corruption schemes involving some officials and employees of the interior Ministry.
11 July 2013, the Tver court of Moscow sentenced Browder to nine years in prison on charges of tax evasion amounting to more than 522 million rubles through falsifying tax returns and illegal use of benefits intended for the disabled.
In this crime the court found him guilty and the deceased Magnitsky. Two weeks after that, Russia announced Browder on the international wanted list.
In may 2016, the official representative of the Prosecutor General Aleksandr Kurennoy reported that the Russian Federation is investigating a number of criminal cases of illegal acquisition, from 1997 to 2005 at least 200 million shares of “Gazprom” deliberate bankruptcy of some companies and the tax evasion that may be involved in Browder.
On 20 February, the Tver court of Moscow confirmed the arrest in absentia Browder and his business partner Ivan Cherkasov, the accused in the case on deliberate bankruptcy and tax evasion.
12 APR 2013 the U.S. issued a “Magnitsky list”, which originally included 18 people — mostly law enforcement officers that, according to its authors, was related to the investigation of the criminal case against Magnitsky. The “Magnitsky list” had been extended. In addition, the U.S. Department of state confirmed that, in addition to publicly disclosed sanctions list, there is a closed part.