United Kingdom Sanctions 22 Individuals Involved in ‘Notorious’ Corruption Cases

The United Kingdom has imposed sanctions on 22 individuals involved in “notorious” corruption cases across Russia, South Africa, South Sudan, and Latin America.

Under the sanctions regime, the 22 individuals “will no longer be able to channel their money through UK banks or enter the country,” the government said in a statement.

The first wave of the sanctions under the new Global Anti-Corruption regime targets 14 Russians involved in a $230 million tax fraud and three members of the Gupta business family — Ajay, Atul, and Rajesh Gupta — and their associate Salim Essa, who are accused of a serious corruption scandal in South Africa.

The list also targets Sudanese businessman Ashraf Seed Ahmed Hussein Ali — also known as Al Cardinal — who is accused of misappropriating state assets in South Sudan, and three individuals accused of serious corruption cases in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

“Corruption has a corrosive effect as it slows development, drains the wealth of poorer nations, and keeps their people trapped in poverty. It poisons the well of democracy,” UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in announcing the sanctions in the House of Commons on April 26.

“Global Britain is standing up for democracy, good governance and the rule of law. We are saying to those involved in serious corruption: we will not tolerate you or your dirty money in our country,” Raab further said.

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