Sergei Magnitsky

During an urgent question in the House on the Government’s actions to address dirty money being laundered in the UK, I asked why the UK is the only country to have done nothing to track down, arrest and seize assets of those associated with the brutal murder of Sergei Magnitsky, despite having been presented with clear evidence.

Stephen Kinnock: France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and many other countries have opened criminal investigations into the people who are directly responsible for the brutal murder of Sergei Magnitsky. Why is the United Kingdom the only country not to have done so?

Mr Wallace: Is the hon. Gentleman asking about opening an investigation or prosecuting? As I said earlier, we are not commenting on what investigations we have live and open. That has been very clear: we cannot comment on whether or not an investigation is open into anyone. Whether it is a Russian oligarch, people who are alleged concerning Magnitsky, or someone under investigation in the hon. Gentleman’s local constituency, that is not how it operates in this country, because we protect the operational independence of the police.