US sanctions five individuals under the Magnitsky Act.

WASHINGTON- The US sanctioned five individuals on Wednesday for violating the terms of the Magnitsky Act, including the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrav, according to the US Treasury.

Today’s decision raises the number of those designated under the act to 49.

“(The) Treasury remains committed to holding accountable those involved in the Sergei Magnitsky affair, including those with a role in the criminal conspiracy and fraud scheme that he uncovered,” said Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) Director John E. Smith.

“We will continue to use the Magnitsky Act to aggressively target gross violators of human rights in Russia, including individuals responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, and other despicable acts.” Kadyrov, was targeted for “extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals seeking to expose illegal activity carried out by officials of the Government of the Russian Federation.” Additionally, Ayub Katev, a Chechen law enforcement official, “was also designated for being responsible for extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human… such as the freedom of expression, association, and assembly, in Russia,” the Treasury said.

The Magnitsky Act targets individuals who are connected to concealing the legal liability or financial benefit from, the detention, abuse, or death of Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney-auditor who uncovered a large tax fraud scheme will auditing the Russian-based Hermitage fund.

It also targets those responsible for violations of human rights committed against individuals seeking to either expose illegal activity by Russian government officials.

Source: Kuwait News Agency