The house of Commons (lower chamber) of the Parliament of Canada passed the “law on victims of corrupt foreign governments” (the”law name of Sergei Magnitsky”). The document was voted unanimously 277 members present at the meeting of the members of the house of Commons, reports “Interfax”. The law is directed not only against the Russian officials, said the foreign Ministry.
In the Senate of Canada (upper house) must take place reading of the bill, which was previously amended. As a rule, the Senate rarely rejects amendments approved by the house of Commons bills, notes RIA “Novosti”. If approved by the Senate, “Magnitsky act” will come into effect in the presence of the Royal sanction.
The foreign Ministry has to argue about the law as adopted. The Minister Chrystia Freeland said that he will become another important instrument of canadian foreign policy: “Canada has the world’s strong reputation of the country, which clearly adheres to democratic values and supports human rights… (the Law) will allow Canada to impose sanctions, to impose restrictions and to prosecute individuals for human rights violations and corruption.” (Quoted by TASS.)
During the hearings it was stated that “Law name of Sergei Magnitsky” should be focused first and foremost on officials from Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Vietnam and Myanmar, which are engaged in money laundering in Canada, violating human rights in their countries.
Earlier official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that
Russia will not leave unanswered the adoption in Canada of this law and the mirror will expand the sanctions list of the Canadians. Zakharova noted that Moscow is disappointed by such actions of Ottawa.
Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was arrested in December 2007 after he revealed a multi-billion dollar embezzlement scheme from the Russian budget. In November 2009 he died in a Moscow prison “Matrosskaya Tishina”.