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Labour asks why Treasury allowed sanctioned oligarch to launch libel case

Guardian, 26 Jan 2023
Labour's David Lammy brought an urgent question to the House of Commons regarding the government's decision to grant permission to Yevgeny Prigozhin to circumvent sanctions to silence a British journalist. The Treasury minister, James Cartlidge, said changes could be made following an outcry over the case. The Russian warlord and founder of a mercenary army was able to pursue an unfounded claim against a member of the British media. The shadow foreign secretary called it an 'unconscionable decision' made by the Treasury, headed by Rishi Sunak who was chancellor at the time. Cartlidge claimed that even individuals under sanctions had a right to legal representation and licences could be granted for them to cover their own legal fees
Labour asks why Treasury unit let oligarch under sanctions bring libel case
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