Britain’s first sanctions target Russians, Saudis

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reacts when he makes a statement on Hong Kong’s national security legislation in London, Britain, on July 1, 2020. REUTERS / Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s first sanctions will target 25 Russian citizens who it says were involved in the mistreatment and death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and 20 Saudi citizens involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said Monday on Monday. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Addressing Parliament, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said: “The first appointments will cover people involved in the torture and murder of Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer who revealed the largest known tax fraud in the history of Russia.

“The appointments will also include those responsible for the brutal murder of the writer and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”

(This story has been corrected to correct the typographical error in Khashoggi’s name)

Report by Andy Bruce, written by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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