Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on September 13, 2012

September 14, 2012

On September 13, 2012, OFAC has added [SDNTK] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDNTK] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN List list:

CONSTRUCTORA F.R. DE VENEZUELA, C.A. (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA FR DE VENEZUELA, C.A.), Calle Paez, Edf. Gisage PB, Ofic 1, Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela; Sector los Montones, Galpon 2, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela; RIF # J-31327555-7 (Venezuela) [SDNTK].

CONSTRUCTORA FR DE VENEZUELA, C.A. (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA F.R. DE VENEZUELA, C.A.), Calle Paez, Edf. Gisage PB, Ofic 1, Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela; Sector los Montones, Galpon 2, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela; RIF # J-31327555-7 (Venezuela) [SDNTK].

LOPEZ PERDIGON, Roberto Manuel; DOB 09 Sep 1971; POB Caracas, Venezuela; nationality Venezuela; citizen Venezuela; Passport C1771508 (Venezuela); alt. Passport 037325626 (Venezuela); National ID No. 10337667 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: CONSTRUCTORA FR DE VENEZUELA, C.A..

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on August 7, 2012

August 7, 2012

Today, OFAC has added [SDNTK] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDNTK] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN list:

BELIZE CHEMICALS (a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS LIMITED; a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS LTD.), 7292 George Price Blvd., P.O. Box 657, Belmopan, Belize; 10/12 Halfmoon Avenue, Belmopan City, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-SIG 000465 (Belize) [SDNTK].

BELIZE CHEMICALS LIMITED (a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS; a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS LTD.), 7292 George Price Blvd., P.O. Box 657, Belmopan, Belize; 10/12 Halfmoon Avenue, Belmopan City, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-SIG 000465 (Belize) [SDNTK].

BELIZE CHEMICALS LTD. (a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS; a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS LIMITED), 7292 George Price Blvd., P.O. Box 657, Belmopan, Belize; 10/12 Halfmoon Avenue, Belmopan City, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-SIG 000465 (Belize) [SDNTK].

CROWN PARADISE ENTERPRISES LTD. (a.k.a. CROWN PARADISE MARINA), 671 Ecumenical Drive, P.O. Box 64, Dangriga Town, Belize [SDNTK].

CROWN PARADISE MARINA (a.k.a. CROWN PARADISE ENTERPRISES LTD.), 671 Ecumenical Drive, P.O. Box 64, Dangriga Town, Belize [SDNTK].

D’S SUPERMARKET COMPANY LTD. (a.k.a. D’S SUPERSTORE), College Road, Corozal Town, Belize [SDNTK].

D’S SUPERSTORE (a.k.a. D’S SUPERMARKET COMPANY LTD.), College Road, Corozal Town, Belize [SDNTK].

MAYAN KING LIMITED (a.k.a. MAYAN KING LIMITED EXT.; a.k.a. MAYAN KING LTD.), Dangriga, Stann Creek District, Belize; 21 Mls South Stann Creek Road, Stann Creek District, P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-DGA 015476 (Belize) [SDNTK].

MAYAN KING LIMITED EXT. (a.k.a. MAYAN KING LIMITED; a.k.a. MAYAN KING LTD.), Dangriga, Stann Creek District, Belize; 21 Mls South Stann Creek Road, Stann Creek District, P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-DGA 015476 (Belize) [SDNTK].

MAYAN KING LTD. (a.k.a. MAYAN KING LIMITED; a.k.a. MAYAN KING LIMITED EXT.), Dangriga, Stann Creek District, Belize; 21 Mls South Stann Creek Road, Stann Creek District, P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-DGA 015476 (Belize) [SDNTK].

MID-SOUTH INVESTMENT (a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT LTD; a.k.a. MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED; a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENTS LTD.), 135 Commerce Street, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 6 Arandas Crescent, Dangriga Town, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 671 Ecumenical Dr, DAN, Belize [SDNTK].

MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT LTD (a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT; a.k.a. MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED; a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENTS LTD.), 135 Commerce Street, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 6 Arandas Crescent, Dangriga Town, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 671 Ecumenical Dr, DAN, Belize [SDNTK].

MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED (a.k.a. MID-SOUTH INVESTMENT; a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT LTD; a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENTS LTD.), 135 Commerce Street, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 6 Arandas Crescent, Dangriga Town, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 671 Ecumenical Dr, DAN, Belize [SDNTK].

MIDSOUTH INVESTMENTS LTD. (a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT; a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT LTD; a.k.a. MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED), 135 Commerce Street, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 6 Arandas Crescent, Dangriga Town, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 671 Ecumenical Dr, DAN, Belize [SDNTK].

MORENO JR., Daniel Gonzalo (a.k.a. MORENO, Daniel), 50 6th Ave., Corozal, Belize; 651 Vista Del Mar, Ladyville, Belize; 561 Vista Del Mar, Ladyville, Belize; DOB 12 Oct 1972; POB Corozal, Belize; Passport 0291622 (Belize) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: D’S SUPERMARKET COMPANY LTD..

MORENO, Daniel (a.k.a. MORENO JR., Daniel Gonzalo), 50 6th Ave., Corozal, Belize; 651 Vista Del Mar, Ladyville, Belize; 561 Vista Del Mar, Ladyville, Belize; DOB 12 Oct 1972; POB Corozal, Belize; Passport 0291622 (Belize) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: D’S SUPERMARKET COMPANY LTD..

ZABANEH, Dion (a.k.a. ZABANEH, Dion Christopher), 68 Bela Vista, Belize City, Belize; 3Eyre St., Belize City, Belize; 5468 Seashore Dr., Belize City, Belize; DOB 12 May 1974; POB Belize (individual) [SDNTK].

ZABANEH, Dion Christopher (a.k.a. ZABANEH, Dion), 68 Bela Vista, Belize City, Belize; 3 Eyre St., Belize City, Belize; 5468 Seashore Dr., Belize City, Belize; DOB 12 May 1974; POB Belize (individual) [SDNTK].

ZABANEH, John (a.k.a. ZABANEH, John Angel), Big Creek, Belize; 3 Magoon St., Dangriga, Belize; Long Coco Caye, Belize; Valley Rd., Stann Creek, Belize; 135 Commerce St., Stann Creek, Belize; Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize; N River Side Docter, Dangriga, Belize; DOB 07 Oct 1954; alt. DOB 02 Oct 1954; POB Belize (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: MAYAN KING LIMITED; Linked To: MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED; Linked To: CROWN PARADISE ENTERPRISES LTD.; Linked To: BELIZE CHEMICALS LIMITED.

ZABANEH, John Angel (a.k.a. ZABANEH, John), Big Creek, Belize; 3 Magoon St., Dangriga, Belize; Long Coco Caye, Belize; Valley Rd., Stann Creek, Belize; 135 Commerce St., Stann Creek, Belize; Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize; N River Side Docter, Dangriga, Belize; DOB 07 Oct 1954; alt. DOB 02 Oct 1954; POB Belize (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: MAYAN KING LIMITED; Linked To: MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED; Linked To: CROWN PARADISE ENTERPRISES LTD.; Linked To: BELIZE CHEMICALS LIMITED.

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​Treasury Targets Belize-Based Operatives of Chapo Guzman

8/7/2012

Sanctions Directed Against the John Zabaneh Drug Trafficking Organization

Linked to the Sinaloa Cartel

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of John Zabaneh and two members of his drug trafficking organization, who are based in Belize and are key associates of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, and other members of the Sinaloa Cartel. The action also includes the designation of five companies in Belize that are owned or controlled by John Zabaneh or members of his organization. Today’s action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these individuals and companies, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“John Zabaneh’s drug trafficking activities and his organization’s ties to Colombian sources of supply and Mexican buyers make him a critical figure in the narcotics trade,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “By designating Zabaneh, OFAC is disrupting those activities and continuing its efforts, alongside those of our law enforcement partners, to expose operatives of Chapo Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel, including their businesses.”

OFAC is designating John Zabaneh for the prominent role that he and his organization play in narcotics trafficking in Central America, particularly Belize, as well as their role in the drug trafficking operations of Chapo Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel. John Zabaneh and his organization have been involved in narcotics trafficking since the 1980s. In addition to the designation of John Zabaneh, today’s action includes the designation of his nephew, Dion Zabaneh, and a close associate, Daniel Moreno. The action also includes the designation of five companies owned or controlled by John Zabaneh or Daniel Moreno. Zabaneh’s companies are Mayan King Limited (banana farm), Mid-South Investments Limited (building contractor and property consultant), Crown Paradise Enterprises Limited (resort management and marina), and Belize Chemicals Limited (pharmaceuticals). Moreno’s company is D’s Supermarket Company Limited (grocery store).

Today’s action would not have been possible without the key support of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“DEA and its partners continue our sustained attack on brutal criminal regimes such as the Sinaloa Cartel and its leadership and those who help facilitate their drug and money networks,” said DEA Chief of Financial Operations John Arvanitis. “The OFAC Designation of the Zabeneh organization is necessary to dismantle and further disrupt the operations of the Sinaloa Cartel in other parts of the world.”

Guzman Loera and the Sinaloa Cartel were identified by the President as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act in 2001 and 2009, respectively.

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,100 businesses and individuals linked to 97 drug kingpins since June 2000. 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 up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

To view a chart of the Zabaneh organization click <a href="http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/20120807_zabaneh.pdf&quot; target="_blank"here”

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Specially Designated Global Terrorists [SDGT] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

Today, OFAC has added [SDGT] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDGT] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN list:

ADHAJANI, Azim (a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AGAJANY, Azimi (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AGHAJANI, Asim (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AGHAJANI, Azim (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AGHAJANI, Azimi (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AGHAJANI, Hosein (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani (a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

AQAJANI, Azim (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

BEHINEH TRADING, Tehran, Iran [SDGT] GHA’ANI, Esma’il (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

GHAANI, Esmail (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

GHANI, Esmail (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

HASSAN, Ali Abbas Othman (a.k.a. JEGA, Abbas; a.k.a. JEGA, Ali Abbas Usman), 6B Nouakchott Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, Nigeria; DOB 1965; nationality Nigeria (individual) [SDGT]

JEGA, Abbas (a.k.a. HASSAN, Ali Abbas Othman; a.k.a. JEGA, Ali Abbas Usman), 6B Nouakchott Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, Nigeria; DOB 1965; nationality Nigeria (individual) [SDGT]

JEGA, Ali Abbas Usman (a.k.a. HASSAN, Ali Abbas Othman; a.k.a. JEGA, Abbas), 6B Nouakchott Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, Nigeria; DOB 1965; nationality Nigeria (individual) [SDGT]

NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

QA’ANI, Esma’il (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

QANI, Esmail (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali (a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABAEI, Syed (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TAHMASEBI, Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TAHMASEBI, Seyed (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

YAS AIR (a.k.a. YAS AIR KISH; a.k.a. YASAIR CARGO AIRLINE), Mehrabad International Airport, Next to Terminal No. 6, Tehran, Iran [SDGT]

YAS AIR KISH (a.k.a. YAS AIR; a.k.a. YASAIR CARGO AIRLINE), Mehrabad International Airport, Next to Terminal No. 6, Tehran, Iran [SDGT]

YASAIR CARGO AIRLINE (a.k.a. YAS AIR; a.k.a. YAS AIR KISH), Mehrabad International Airport, Next to Terminal No. 6, Tehran, Iran [SDGT]

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Treasury Targets Iranian Arms Shipments

3/27/2012 ​
Iranian Airline and Officials Designated for Exporting Lethal Aid to the Levant and Africa

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of the Iranian cargo airline, Yas Air; Behineh Trading; three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) officials; and one Nigerian shipping agent – all pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, the IRGC-QF, a designated terrorist entity.

The airline, the trading company and the IRGC-QF officials were involved, respectively, in shipments of weapons to the Levant and Africa, further demonstrating Iran’s determination to evade international sanctions and export violence and instability throughout the Middle East and beyond.

“Today’s action again exposes Iran’s malign influence in the Middle East, Africa and beyond. As the Iranian regime exports its lethal aid and expertise to foment violence in Syria and Africa, Treasury will continue to expose the officials and companies involved and work to hold them accountable for the suffering they cause,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.

Based in Tehran, Yas Air is an Iranian cargo airline that acts for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF to transport illicit cargo – including weapons – to Iran’s clients in the Levant. Yas Air has moved IRGC-QF personnel and weapons under the cover of humanitarian aid. In March 2011, IRGC-QF officials oversaw and authorized actions taken by Yas Air that involved a series of Yas Air flights carrying weapons destined for Syria and worked with Hizballah and Syrian officials to ensure passage of this illicit cargo.

A Turkish inspection of one of the Yas Air flights bound for Syria – which listed “auto spare parts” on its cargo manifest – found weapons including Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles, machine guns, nearly 8,000 rounds of ammunition, and an assortment of mortar shells.

Behineh Trading, the shipping company, and the Nigerian agent designated today were involved in a weapons shipment seized in Nigeria in late October 2010. This weapons shipment – orchestrated by the IRGC-QF and intended for The Gambia – is part of a larger pattern of Iranian lethal aid shipments to clients in Africa and around the world.

This IRGC-QF weapons shipment – hidden among construction materials – contained grenades, rockets, mortars, and ammunition. While Iran publically downplays Iranian government involvement in the lethal aid shipment, the highest levels of the IRGC-QF were involved.

Designated Entities

Yas Air

Yas Air is the new name for Pars Air and is owned by Pars Aviation Services Company, which was designated by the UN Security Council as an IRGC entity in 2007. According to UNSCR 1737 (2006), U.N. member states have an obligation to freeze assets that are owned or controlled by an entity designated by the UN Security Council.

Esmail Ghani

Esmail Ghani serves as the Deputy Commander of the IRGC-QF. Ghani’s authority covers IRGC-QF financial disbursements to IRGC-QF elements, including elements in Africa, as well as to various terrorist groups, including Hizballah. As Deputy Commander, Ghani had financial oversight of the IRGC-QF weapons shipment that was intended for The Gambia.

Sayyid Ali Akbar Tabatabaei

Sayyid Ali Akbar Tabatabaei is the Commander of the IRGC-QF Africa Corps. As the commander of all IRGC-QF operations in Africa, Tabatabaei’s duties entail overseeing IRGC-QF weapons transfers to Africa, including the IRGC-QF’s weapons shipment that was intended for The Gambia. In this capacity, Tabatabaei oversaw Hosein Aghajani’s facilitation of the weapons shipment.

Hosein Aghajani

Hosein Aghajani is a longtime IRGC-QF official with ties to The Gambia. Aghajani acted on behalf of the IRGC-QF in facilitating the weapons shipment intended for The Gambia. Nigerian authorities in late November 2010 charged Aghajani for his involvement in the weapons shipment.

Ali Abbas Usman Jega

Nigerian Ali Abbas Usman Jega acted as the local shipping agent in Nigeria, supporting the IRGC-QF in importing the arms shipment. Jega facilitated the entry of IRGC-QF personnel into Nigeria. Nigerian authorities in late November 2010 charged Jega for his involvement in the weapons shipment.

Behineh Trading

Behineh Trading is an Iranian company based in Tehran, Iran, that supported the IRGC-QF as the shipper of the weapons consignment.

Identifying Information

Name: Yas Air

AKA: Yas Air Kish

AKA: YasAir Cargo Airline

Location: Mehrabad International Airport, Next to Terminal No. 6, Tehran, Iran

Name: Esmail Ghani

AKA: Ismail Akbar Nezhad

AKA: Esmail Qani

AKA: Esma’il Gha’ani

AKA: Esmail Ghaani

AKA: Esma’il Qa’ani

DOB: 8 August 1957

POB: Mashhad, Iran

Iranian Passport: D9003033

Iranian Passport: D9008347 (issued: 07/18/10, expires 07/18/15)

Name: Sayyid Ali Akbar Tabatabaei

AKA: Seyed Akbar Tabataba’i

AKA: Seyed Akbar Tahmaesebi

AKA: Syed Tabatabaei

AKA: Seyed Tahmasebi

AKA: Seyed Akbar Tabatabaei

AKA: Sayyed Ali Tabataba’ie

AKA: Sayyed Ali Tabatabaee

Nationality: Iran

Passport Number: 6620505

Passport Number: 9003213

Name: Hosein Aghajani

AKA: Azimi Agajany

AKA: Azim Aghajani

AKA: Asim Aghajani

AKA: Azim Adhajani

AKA: Azim Aqajani

DOB: 1967

Nationality: Iran

Name: Ali Abbas Usman Jega

AKA: Abbas Jega

AKA: Ali Abbas Othman Hassan

DOB: 1965

Address: 6B Nouakchott Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Name: Behineh Trading

Address: Tehran, Iran”

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Former Tunisian President on OFAC’s Radar

January 27, 2011

With the recent global alert issued by Interpol against former Tunisian President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali may be facing an OFAC designation next.

Ben Ali and his family members are being sought for the illegal acquisition of assets and illicit transfers of funds abroad. These types of monetary transactions will most likely bring the former leader within OFAC’s radar.

OFAC specifically looks for illegal financial transactions in the international market. If OFAC believes the funds are related to illegal activity, it will not hesitate to place Ben Ali and his associates on the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List).

Ben Ali needs to realize that an OFAC designation may be near. The fact that authorities have already frozen assets belonging to Ben Ali’s family and his in-laws in Tunisia and in Switzerland is a red flag that OFAC is watching this situation closely.

If OFAC places Ben Ali on the SDN List, his assets relating to the U.S. will be frozen, and those under U.S. jurisdiction will be forbidden from engaging in any financial transaction with the former President. This may be significant to Ben Ali, particularly if he has assets in a U.S. foreign correspondent bank or in dealings with any entity with ties to the U.S.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

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