UK to ban Wagner Group as ‘terrorist’ organization: Reports

London: Britain is to ban Russian mercenary outfit the Wagner Group as a terrorist organization, media reports said, quoting Home Secretary Suella Braverman. The UK was set to make the Wagner Group a “proscribed” organization under anti-terror laws, putting it on a par with Islamic State and al-Qaeda, a report in the Daily Mail said.

“Wagner is a violent and destructive organisation which has acted as a military tool of Vladimir Putin’s Russia overseas,” the newspaper quoted Braverman as saying. “While Putin’s regime decides what to do with the monster it created, Wagner’s continuing destabilizing activities only continue to serve the Kremlin’s political goals.”

Under the Terrorism Act 2000 the home secretary has the power to proscribe an organization if they believe it is involved in terrorism. “They are terrorists, plain and simple — and this proscription order makes that clear in UK law,” a BBC report added, quoting the minister.

“Wagner has been involved in looting, torture and barbarous murders,” Braverman added in the Daily Mail. The group’s operations in Ukraine, the Middle East and Africa “are a threat to global security,” she said. “That is why we are proscribing this terrorist organisation and continuing to aid Ukraine wherever we can in its fight against Russia.”

Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin, who died last month in a plane crash, had already been sanctioned by Britain alongside several of his key commanders who had participated in Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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