Sanctions Relating to Russia Imposed by the U.S., EU, Australia and Japan – A Snapshot of Where We Are Now |#OFAC #Sanctions

October 13, 2014

Sanctions Relating to Russia Imposed by the U.S., EU, Australia and Japan – A Snapshot of Where We Are Now | K&L Gates LLP – JDSupra.


Accounts and Accountability: Arab Bank Found Liable for Transactions Under the Anti-Terrorism Act | #OFAC #Sanctions

October 13, 2014

Accounts and Accountability: Arab Bank Found Liable for Transactions Under the Anti-Terrorism Act | Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP – JDSupra.


Test Your Knowledge on #OFAC #Sanctions |

October 13, 2014

Test Your Knowledge on OFAC Sanctions | Cozen O’Connor – JDSupra.


Iran Tries to Open for Business – WSJ #OFAC

October 12, 2014

Iran Tries to Open for Business – WSJ – WSJ.


OFAC: “Treasury Designates Additional Supporters of the Al-Nusrah Front and Al-Qaida”

August 25, 2014

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on August 22, 2014 released the following:

Action Implements U.N. Security Council Resolution 2170

WASHINGTON — On August 15, 2014, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2170, which targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, formerly known as al-Qaida in Iraq) and the Syria-based, al-Qaida-linked terrorist organization Al Nusrah Front (ANF), and sanctioned additional terrorists supporting those groups. In support of the U.N.’s action, the U.S. Department of the Treasury today imposed sanctions on two key financiers of ANF and al-Qaida, both of whom also have been included in the Annex to UNSCR 2170.

Abdul Mohsen Abdullah Ibrahim al-Sharikh and Hamid Hamad Hamid Al-‘Ali have been designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. Al-Sharikh has been designated for acting for or on behalf of ANF and al-Qaida, and Al-‘Ali has been designated for providing financial support to ANF and al-Qaida. Today’s action, following on the heels of the August 6 designation of three key terrorist financiers of ISIL and ANF, continues to target the terrorist funding networks in the Arabian Peninsula.

With UNSCR 2170, the international community has also sanctioned Hajjaj Fahd Hajjaj Muhammad Shabib al-‘Ajmi, who is one of the three financiers Treasury designated as an SDGT on August 6, and Said Arif and Abu Mohammed al-Adnan, who were designated by the State Department earlier this week pursuant to E.O. 13224.

“We are determined to stem the flow of funds to terrorists in Syria and Iraq who continue to commit violent acts and threaten U.S and allied interests in the region. UNSCR 2170 is an important tool in this effort, and we will continue to work with the United Nations to identify candidates for sanctions under this resolution,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “All nations should swiftly implement UNSCR 2170.”

Abdul Mohsen Abdullah Ibrahim al-Sharikh

Al-Sharikh is a senior ANF leader and al-Qaida facilitator based in Syria. He moved to Syria in the spring of 2013 with other al-Qaida fighters and joined ANF, later becoming one of its top strategists. In this role, al-Sharikh has used social media posts to demonstrate his aspiration to target Americans and U.S. interests. He is included on Saudi Arabia’s list of most wanted terrorists.

Prior to his work in Syria with ANF, al-Sharikh served in early 2013 as chief of al-Qaida’s Iran-based extremist and financial facilitation network before the return of already designated al-Qaida facilitator Yasin al-Suri to the position. Al-Sharikh has also previously served al-Qaida as a key financial facilitator in Pakistan.

Hamid Hamad Hamid Al-’Ali

Al-’Ali has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help ANF purchase weapons and supplies as well as directed donors in Kuwait to send financial and material support to the terrorist organization. Al-’A1i has traveled to Syria to deliver funds to ANF and used students in Kuwait to courier funds to the group. Al-’Ali has also facilitated the travel to Syria of individuals wishing to fight for ANF and provided these individuals with money to deliver to the terrorist organization. Al-’A1i has referred to himself as an “al-Qaida commando” and has raised money for ANF and al-Qaida.

As a result of today’s designation, any assets these individuals may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from doing business with them. Under the U.N. resolution, al-‘Ali and al-Sharikh have also been added to the al-Qaida sanctions list and are subject to the associated international sanctions and travel ban.

Identifying Information

Name: Abdul Mohsen Abdullah Ibrahim al-Sharikh

AKA: Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al Charekh

AKA: Abdul Mohsen Abdullah Ibrahim Alsharekh

AKA: Abd-al-Muhsin Abdallah al-Sharikh

AKA: Abd-al-Latif al-Najdi

AKA: Sanafi al-Nasr

AKA: Ali Karimi

Nationality: Saudi Arabia

Civil Identification Number: 1050433349

Passport: G895402

POB: Shagraa, Saudi Arabia

DOB: July 12, 1985

DOB: July 13, 1985

DOB: December 7, 1985

Name: Hamid Hamad Hamid Al-’Ali

AKA: Hamid Hamad al-’Ali

AKA: Hamad Hamid al-’Ali

AKA: Abu Sultan

POB: Qatar

DOB: 17 November 1960

Nationality: Kuwait

Passport: Kuwait 001714467

Alternate Passport: 101505554

Phone: 96597665333”

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OFAC: “Treasury Department Sanctions a Taliban Funding Conduit and Two Key Taliban Figures”

August 25, 2014

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on August 21, 2014 released the following:

Action Targets a Pakistan-based Hawala, Hawaladar and one Taliban Commander

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today targeted the financial and leadership networks of the Taliban by designating one entity and two individuals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. The Pakistan-based hawala, Haji Basir and Zarjmil Company (Basir Zarjmil Hawala), and, its owner, Haji Abdul Basir, are being designated for providing financial services or other support to the Taliban. In addition, Taliban commander Qari Rahmat is being designated for acting for or on behalf of the Taliban.

“The Taliban continues to conduct terrorist attacks against U.S. forces and innocent civilians, posing a direct threat to U.S. national security interests,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “Designating and isolating individuals who are directly involved in financing and supporting Taliban attacks remains a key Treasury Department objective. We will continue to work to deprive terrorists of the funds necessary to sustain and perpetrate terrorist operations.”

The Basir Zarjmil Hawala, which is based in Chaman, Balochistan Province, Pakistan, distributes money to Taliban members in Afghanistan. Taliban senior leaders in Quetta, Balochistan Province, Pakistan, and Chaman have preferred to transfer money to Taliban commanders through the Basir Zarjmil Hawala and the Haji Khairullah Haji Sattar hawala, which the Treasury Department and the United Nations sanctioned in June 2012. In 2013, the Basir Zarjmil Hawala distributed thousands of dollars to Taliban commanders in Chaman, and in 2012 it conducted thousands of dollars in transactions related to weapons and other operational expenses for the Taliban. The Basir Zarjmil Hawala has also made use of Pakistani banks to provide money to Taliban members.

Haji Abdul Basir owns and operates the Basir Zarjmil Hawala. He had authority to distribute money to the Taliban and, over the last several years, Basir distributed thousands of dollars through his hawala to Taliban members in Chaman, Balochistan Province, Pakistan, and in Qandahar Province, Afghanistan. Basir also transferred money to Taliban elders, and facilitated the travel of Taliban informants to Afghanistan. As of 2012, Basir was considered to be the principal money exchanger for Taliban senior leadership in Pakistan. In 2010, Basir solicited donations for the Taliban from Pakistani and Afghan expatriates living in Asia and the Middle East.

Qari Rahmat has been a Taliban commander since at least February 2010. In early 2013, Rahmat served as a Taliban commander in the Shadaal Bazaar area of Achin District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Rahmat directed the activities of approximately 300 Taliban operatives in Achin District and provided operational guidance and weapons to these operatives. In late 2012, Rahmat was a Taliban commander who had recently led an attack on Afghan forces in Kot District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. As of mid-2012, Rahmat served under the Taliban shadow district chief for Achin District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. During this time, Rahmat was a Taliban facilitator who emplaced improvised explosive devices and conducted attacks against Coalition and Afghan forces.

Rahmat also collects taxes and bribes on behalf of the Taliban. As of early 2013, Rahmat collected taxes from Shadaal Bazaar, Achin District, Nangarhar Province-based drug traffickers on behalf of the Taliban.

Rahmat has also provided lethal aid, housing, and guidance to Taliban fighters. As of late 2012, Rahmat provided rocket propelled grenades, PKM light machine guns, and AK-47 assault rifles to the Taliban. Rahmat also sheltered Taliban fighters at his guest house and provided tactical guidance to Taliban fighters during this period. As of late 2011, Rahmat had a guest house in Achin District where Taliban members often stayed.

In addition to his operational and financial activities, Rahmat provides intelligence information to the Taliban. As of early 2013, Rahmat provided his Taliban superiors with information on the activities of Afghan government officials and Afghan security forces in Achin District. As of mid-2012, Rahmat gathered intelligence for the Taliban and investigated informants for its benefit.

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons in which these individuals and entity have an interest are blocked, and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

Identifying Information

Name: Haji Basir and Zarjmil Company Hawala

AKA: Haji Bashir and Zarjmil Hawala Company

AKA: Haji Abdul Basir and Zar Jameel Hawala

AKA: Haji Basir Hawala

AKA: Haji Baseer Hawala

AKA: Haji Abdul Basir Exchange Shop

AKA: Haji Basir and Zarjamil Currency Exchange

AKA: Haji Zar Jamil, Haji Abdul Baseer Money Changer

Main Office Location: Sanatan (variant Sanatin) Bazaar, Sanatan Bazaar Street, near Trench (variant Tranch) Road, Chaman, Balochistan Province, Pakistan

Branch Office Location: Quetta, Pakistan

Branch Office Location: Lahore, Pakistan

Branch Office Location: Peshawar, Pakistan

Branch Office Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Branch Office Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Branch Office Location: Qandahar Province, Afghanistan

Branch Office Location: Herat Province, Afghanistan

Branch Office Location: Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Branch Office Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Branch Office Location: Iran

Name: Haji Abdul Basir

AKA: Haji ‘Abd Al-Basir

AKA: Haji Basir Noorzai

AKA: Abdul Baseer

AKA: Abdal Basir

DOB: 1965

Alt. DOB: 1963

Alt. DOB: 1960

POB: Balochistan Province, Pakistan

National ID Number: 5420124679187 (Pakistan)

Passport Number: AA3829182 (Pakistan)

Nationality: Afghan

Address: Chaman, Pakistan

Name: Qari Rahmat

AKA: Kari Rahmat

DOB: 1981

Alt. DOB: 1982

POB: Shadal (variant Shadaal) Bazaar, Achin District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

Address: Kamkai Village, Achin District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

Alt. address: Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan”

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OFAC: “Treasury Targets Honduran Drug Trafficking Organization and Its Network”

August 25, 2014

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on August 20, 2014 released the following:

Los Valles Organization Targeted for OFAC Sanctions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of the Los Valles drug trafficking organization in Honduras and Honduran national Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act. Today’s action also targets Luis Alonso and Jose Reynerio Valle Valle, who materially assist and act for and on behalf of their brother Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle and the Los Valles drug trafficking organization. Treasury also sanctioned four Honduran businesses tied to the Valle Valle brothers. Today’s action prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these designees, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

The Los Valles drug trafficking organization is one of the most prolific Central American narcotics trafficking organizations. The group, led by Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, is responsible for the distribution of tens of thousands of kilograms of cocaine per month directly into the United States. The Los Valles organization employs a combination of brutal violence and public corruption in order to keep a stronghold on their base of operations in Copan, Honduras. Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, Luis Alonso Valle Valle, and Jose Reynerio Valle Valle operate their criminal organization as a close-knit family business and launder their narcotics proceeds via a network of companies, including three coffee production companies in Honduras, Inversiones Yosary, Inversiones Luisito, and Inversiones Valle. They also own a cattle and milk production business named Finca Los Tres Reyes. All four of these Honduran businesses were designated today by Treasury.

Earlier this week on August 17, Honduran authorities embarked on an asset seizure operation against more than 40 properties belonging to the Los Valles drug trafficking organization. This operation comes on the heels of the July 2014 arrest in the United States of Digna Valle Valle, the sister of the Valle Valle brothers, on U.S. federal drug charges.

“Today’s designation, coupled with the actions taken by the Honduran government early this week, is another example of our continued coordinated effort to dismantle this illicit organization,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “OFAC stands with the Honduran authorities to combat the drug trafficking threat and protect the U.S. financial system from their illicit proceeds.”

Today’s action would not have been possible without the support of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command-Arizona and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security also provided support for this designation.

Since June 2000 more than 1600 individuals and entities have been named pursuant to the Kingpin Act for their role in international narcotics trafficking. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines for criminal violation of the Kingpin Act pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code.

View a chart of the Los Valles network.”

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