A Union flag flies in the wind in front of the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 22, 2016, ahead of the June 23 EU referendum. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS
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Britain announced new powers Tuesday to freeze the assets of foreign officials who abuse anti-corruption and human rights activists, following a campaign in memory of late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.The announcement follows a campaign led by William Browder, a former Moscow financier turned anti-Kremlin campaigner for whom Magnitsky worked when he revealed a massive fraud by state officials.However, ministers rejected alternative proposals, backed by dozens of MPs from across the political divide, to allow individuals to ask the High Court to make an asset-freezing order.
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