MADRID, 22 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Government of the United Kingdom has announced this Thursday a battery of sanctions for corruption against a series of people in Venezuela, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq and Zimbabwe, among them Álex Saab, supposed front man of the Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, and the Vice President of Venezuela, Teodoro Obiang Mangue.
The announcement has been made by the British Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, who has stressed that these sanctions involve the freezing of assets and a travel ban for those affected.
Thus, he has detailed that the sanctions are Saab and Álvaro Enrique Pulido, both Venezuelans, for “exploiting two of Venezuela’s public programs that were established to provide poor Venezuelans with affordable food and housing,” according to a statement published by the British Government. .
“Both benefited from improperly awarded contracts, in which the promised goods were delivered at highly inflated prices. Their actions caused more suffering to Venezuelans who were already in poverty for their own private enrichment,” he said.
Likewise, he stressed that the Equatorial Guinean vice president and son of the president of that country, Teodoro Obiang, has been sanctioned “for his participation in the misappropriation of state funds in his own personal bank accounts, corrupt contracting agreements and solicitation of bribes to finance a lavish lifestyle inconsistent with his official salary as a government minister. “
They are joined by the Zimbabwean Kudakwashe Regimond Tagwirei, “for benefiting from the misappropriation of assets when his company, Sakunda Holdings” and “exchanging Treasury bills of the Government of Zimbabwe up to ten times their official value.”
“His actions accelerated the deflation of the Zimbabwean currency, increasing the price of basic products, such as food, for the citizens of Zimbabwe,” explained the British Executive.
For his part, the former governor of the Iraqi province of Nineveh, Naufal Hamadi al Sultan, has been sanctioned for his role in “serious acts of corruption”, including the misappropriation of public funds “intended for reconstruction efforts and for provide support to civilians. “
“The action we have taken today is aimed at people who have lined their pockets at the expense of their citizens,” said Raab. “The UK is committed to fighting the scourge of corruption and holding those responsible for its corrosive effect accountable,” he added.
“Corruption depletes the wealth of the poorest nations, keeps their people trapped in poverty and poisons the well of democracy,” he has settled. The UK has sanctioned 27 people around the world since the launch of its sanctions regime in April 2021.