U.S. Department of the Treasury: “Counter Terrorism Designations; Kingpin Act Designations”

August 22, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on August 22, 2013 released the following:

“OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS COTNROL

Specially Designated Nationals List Update

The following individuals have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

HARB, Khalil Yusif (a.k.a. AHMAD, Sayyid; a.k.a. HARB, Hajj Ya’taqad Khalil; a.k.a. HARB, Khalil Yusuf; a.k.a. HARB, Mustafa Khalil; a.k.a. MUSTAFA, Abu); DOB 09 Oct 1958 (individual) [SDGT].

KAWTHARANI, Muhammad (a.k.a. AL-KAWTHARANI, Jafar; a.k.a. AL-KAWTHARANI, Muhammad; a.k.a. KAWTARANI, Muhammad; a.k.a. KAWTHARANI, Mohammad); DOB 1945; alt. DOB 1959; alt. DOB 1961; POB Najaf, Iraq; nationality Lebanon; alt. nationality Iraq (individual) [SDGT].

MANSUR, Muhammad Yusuf Ahmad (a.k.a. HALAWI, Hani; a.k.a. MANSOUR, Mohammad Yousef; a.k.a. MANSOUR, Mohammad Youssef; a.k.a. MANSUR, Mohammad Yusuf Ahmad; a.k.a. MANSUR, Muhammad Yusif Ahmad; a.k.a. SHEHAB, Sami; a.k.a. SHIHAB, Sami Hani; a.k.a. “HILLAWI, Jamal Hani”; a.k.a. “SAMI, Salem Bassem”; a.k.a. “SHIHAB, Muhammad Yusuf Mansur Sami”), Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 14 Sep 1970; alt. DOB 01 Jan 1974; alt. DOB 1980; POB Bint Jubayl, Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

PARRA SANCHEZ, Mario; DOB 11 Nov 1970; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. PASM701111HSLRNR07 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: BUENOS AIRES SERVICIOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: ESTACIONES DE SERVICIOS CANARIAS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASODIESEL Y SERVICIOS ANCONA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASOLINERA ALAMOS COUNTRY, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASOLINERA Y SERVICIOS VILLABONITA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PETROBARRANCOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: SERVICIOS CHULAVISTA, S.A. DE C.V.).

QABALAN, Muhammad (a.k.a. QABLAN, Muhammad; a.k.a. “AL-GHUL, Hassan”), Southern Suburbs, Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 1969; citizen Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

SOLIS AVILES, Angello de Jesus, Calle Camino Los Lagos No. 4070-A, Fraccionamiento Centenario, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 23 Oct 1985; POB Escuinapa, Sinaloa, Mexico; alt. POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. SOAA851023HSLLVN00 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: BUENOS AIRES SERVICIOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: ESTACIONES DE SERVICIOS CANARIAS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASODIESEL Y SERVICIOS ANCONA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASOLINERA ALAMOS COUNTRY, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASOLINERA Y SERVICIOS VILLABONITA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PETROBARRANCOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: SERVICIOS CHULAVISTA, S.A. DE C.V.).

VALDEZ RODRIGUEZ, Manuel Arturo; DOB 15 Dec 1985; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. VARM851215HSLLDN09 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: BUENOS AIRES SERVICIOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: ESTACIONES DE SERVICIOS CANARIAS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASODIESEL Y SERVICIOS ANCONA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASOLINERA ALAMOS COUNTRY, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASOLINERA Y SERVICIOS VILLABONITA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PETROBARRANCOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: SERVICIOS CHULAVISTA, S.A. DE C.V.).

VALENZUELA VALENZUELA, Vanessa (a.k.a. DE CORTEZ, Vanessa); DOB 16 Nov 1985; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. VAVV851116MSLLLN05 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: BUENOS AIRES SERVICIOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: ESTACIONES DE SERVICIOS CANARIAS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASODIESEL Y SERVICIOS ANCONA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASOLINERA ALAMOS COUNTRY, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASOLINERA Y SERVICIOS VILLABONITA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PETROBARRANCOS, S.A. DE C.V.).

VILLEGAS LOERA, Juan Carlos, Calle Golfo de California No. 1635, Colonia Nuevo Culiacan, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 11 Apr 1958; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. VILJ580411HSLLRN09 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: BUENOS AIRES SERVICIOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: ESTACIONES DE SERVICIOS CANARIAS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASODIESEL Y SERVICIOS ANCONA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASOLINERA ALAMOS COUNTRY, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GASOLINERA Y SERVICIOS VILLABONITA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PETROBARRANCOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: SERVICIOS CHULAVISTA, S.A. DE C.V.).

The following changes have been made to OFAC’s SDN List:

BUENOS AIRES SERVICIOS, S.A. DE C.V., Blvd. Guillermo Batiz Paredes No. 1100, Col. Buenos Aires, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80199, Mexico; R.F.C. BAS-960417-PY6 (Mexico) [SDNTK]. -to- BUENOS AIRES SERVICIOS, S.A. DE C.V. (n.k.a. GASOLINERA MULTILOMAS, S.A. DE C.V.), Blvd. Guillermo Batiz Paredes No. 1100, Col. Buenos Aires, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80199, Mexico; R.F.C. BAS-960417-PY6 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

ESTACIONES DE SERVICIOS CANARIAS, S.A. DE C.V., Blvd. Enrique Felix Castro No. 1029, Col. Desarrollo Urbano Tres Rios, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80020, Mexico; R.F.C. ESC-100224-2J9 (Mexico) [SDNTK]. -to- ESTACIONES DE SERVICIOS CANARIAS, S.A. DE C.V. (n.k.a. COMBUSERVICIOS LOS TRES RIOS, S.A. DE C.V.), Blvd. Enrique Felix Castro No. 1029, Col. Desarrollo Urbano Tres Rios, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80020, Mexico; R.F.C. ESC-100224-2J9 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

GASODIESEL Y SERVICIOS ANCONA, S.A. DE C.V., Manuel J. Clouthier No. 1800, Col. Libertad, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P.80180, Mexico; R.F.C. GSA-100223-M92 (Mexico) [SDNTK]. -to- GASODIESEL Y SERVICIOS ANCONA, S.A. DE C.V. (n.k.a. GASOLINERA LA CANADA, S.A. DE C.V.), Manuel J. Clouthier No. 1800, Col. Libertad, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P.80180, Mexico; R.F.C. GSA-100223-M92 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

GASOLINERA ALAMOS COUNTRY, S.A. DE C.V., Blvd. Pedro Infante No. 3050, Col. Recursos Hidraulicos, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80100, Mexico; R.F.C. GAC-100224-GDA (Mexico) [SDNTK]. -to- GASOLINERA ALAMOS COUNTRY, S.A. DE C.V. (n.k.a. GASOLINERA RECURSOS HIDRAULICOS, S.A. DE C.V.), Blvd. Pedro Infante No. 3050, Col. Recursos Hidraulicos, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80100, Mexico; R.F.C. GAC-100224-GDA (Mexico) [SDNTK].

GASOLINERA Y SERVICIOS VILLABONITA, S.A. DE C.V., Av. Alvaro Obregon No. 6040, Col. Villa Bonita, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80000, Mexico; R.F.C. GSV-100224-773 (Mexico) [SDNTK]. -to- GASOLINERA Y SERVICIOS VILLABONITA, S.A. DE C.V. (n.k.a. GASOLINERAS LA VILLA, S.A. DE C.V.), Av. Alvaro Obregon No. 6040, Col. Villa Bonita, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80000, Mexico; R.F.C. GSV-100224-773 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

PETROBARRANCOS, S.A. DE C.V., Av. Benjamin Hill No. 5602, Col. Industrial el Palmito, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80160, Mexico; R.F.C. PET-990309-G64 (Mexico) [SDNTK]. -to- PETROBARRANCOS, S.A. DE C.V. (n.k.a. SERVICIOS Y GASOLINERAS BARRANCOS, S.A. DE C.V.), Av. Benjamin Hill No. 5602, Col. Industrial el Palmito, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80160, Mexico; R.F.C. PET-990309-G64 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

SERVICIOS CHULAVISTA, S.A. DE C.V., Blvd. Las Torres No. 2622 Pte., Fracc. Prados del Sol, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80197, Mexico; Calzada Las Torres S/N, Col. Prados del Sol Etapa 1, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; R.F.C. SCU-070904-T25 (Mexico) [SDNTK]. -to- SERVICIOS CHULAVISTA, S.A. DE C.V. (n.k.a. GASOLINERA EL CRUCERO LAS TORRES, S.A. DE C.V.), Blvd. Las Torres No. 2622 Pte., Fracc. Prados del Sol, Culiacan, Sinaloa C.P. 80197, Mexico; Calzada Las Torres S/N, Col. Prados del Sol Etapa 1, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; R.F.C. SCU-070904-T25 (Mexico) [SDNTK].”

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U.S. Department of the Treasury: “Counter Terrorism Designations; Kingpin Act Designations”

August 21, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on August 21, 2013 released the following:

“OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL
Specially Designated Nationals List Update

The following individuals have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

LAHBOUS, Mohamed (a.k.a. ENNOUINI, Mohamed), Algeria; Mali; DOB 1978; nationality Mali (individual) [SDGT].

VILLARROEL RAMIREZ, Vassyly Kotosky (a.k.a. VILLARROEL KOTOSKY, Angel); DOB 27 Mar 1972; POB Caracas, Venezuela; nationality Venezuela; citizen Venezuela; Cedula No. 11295239 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK].”

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Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC): “Counter Terrorism Designations; Kingpin Act Designations”

August 20, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on August 20, 2013 released the following:

“Counter Terrorism Designations; Kingpin Act Designations
8/20/2013

OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL
Specially Designated Nationals List Update

The following individuals have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

AZMARAI, Umar Siddique Kathio (a.k.a. AL-SINDHI, Abdallah; a.k.a. AL-SINDHI, Abdullah; a.k.a. AL-SINDI, Abdullah; a.k.a. CHANDIO, Umar Kathio; a.k.a. CHANDUO, Umar; a.k.a. CHANDYO, Omar; a.k.a. KATHIO, Muhammad Umar; a.k.a. KATIO, Muhammad Umar Sidduque; a.k.a. OMER, Muhammad; a.k.a. SINDHI, ‘Abdallah; a.k.a. UMAR, Muhammad), Karachi, Pakistan; Miram Shah, North Waziristan Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan; DOB 1977; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Pakistan; National ID No. 466-77-221879 (Pakistan); alt. National ID No. 42201-015024707-7 (individual) [SDGT].

ORELLANA MORALES, Jairo Estuardo (a.k.a. “EL PELON”), Aldea Dona Maria, Zacapa, Guatemala; DOB 28 Sep 1973; POB Zacapa, Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; citizen Guatemala; Cedula No. R-19 42080 (Guatemala); Passport 111904000420805 (Guatemala) issued 28 Aug 2008 expires 28 Aug 2013 (individual) [SDNTK].

The following entity has been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

JAMIA TALEEM-UL-QURAN-WAL-HADITH MADRASSA (a.k.a. GANJ MADRASSA; a.k.a. GANJOO MADRASSA; a.k.a. JAMIA MADRASSA DUR UL KORAN WASUNA; a.k.a. MADRASA TALEEMUL QURAN WAL HADITH; a.k.a. MADRASA TALEEMUL QURAN WAL SUNNAH; a.k.a. MAWIYA MADRASSA; a.k.a. MOW-YA MADRASSA; a.k.a. TALALIM QURAN MADRASSA; a.k.a. TALEEM UL-QURAN MADRASSA; a.k.a. TASIN AL-QURAN ABU HAMZA), Gunj Gate, Phandu Road, Peshawar, Pakistan; Near the Baron Gate, Ganj area, Peshawar, Pakistan; Lahori and Yaka Tote Rd. at the intersection near the Ganj Gate, Peshawar, Pakistan [SDGT].”

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“US planned to sanction disbanded border security force, say activists”

July 23, 2013

Myanmar Times on July 22, 2013 released the following:

“By Bill O’Toole

Human rights groups say a controversial border security force that was disbanded last week was about to be sanctioned by the United States Treasury.

The decision to abolish the force, which is widely referred to as Na Sa Ka and has been accused of human rights abuses, was announced by the President’s Office in a statement on July 14. “It is hereby announced that Border Area Immigration Control Headquarters has been abolished,” the statement said, referring to the group by its official name.

The statement gave no reason for the decision and presidential spokesperson U Ye Htut declined requests for comment.

But human rights groups based both in and outside Myanmar have told The Myanmar Times that US sanctions against the security force were “imminent” and the decision to abolish the force was likely taken to stop the sanctions from being put in place.

“There were plans afoot in Washington to list the Na Sa Ka on the [Specially Designated Nationals] list maintained by the US Department of the Treasury,” said Phil Robertson, the Bangkok-based Asia director for Human Rights Watch.

“A decision on that was imminent and obviously Burmese leaders in Nay Pyi Taw learned about this and decided to cut their losses by scrapping the unit,” he said, adding that he had been told this by people “in the know” in Washington.

Matt Smith of Fortify Rights International said he was not absolutely certain what the US was planning but agreed that “Na Sa Ka was being looked at closely by the US Treasury due to its abusive record, and was on the verge of being sanctioned”.

“This and other factors undoubtedly influenced Thein Sein’s decision,” he said.

A spokesperson for the Department of Treasury said he could not comment on possible Treasury actions.

Andrew Leahy, a public affairs officer at the US embassy in Yangon, also declined to comment on Treasury operations.

He did say, however, that “sanctions are certainly designed to hold people accountable. The reason they’re in place is to target people who hinder the reform process.”

The allegations raise the question of how the President’s Office learned of the planned sanctions.

In Washington, however, activists say the impending sanctions were relatively common knowledge. In February, rights groups pushed for the sanctioning of controversial government bodies like Na Sa Ka at a Congressional hearing on Myanmar.

“We know this was the discussion because we’ve been pushing sanctions for the Na Sa Ka and regional commanders [to the US Treasury Department],” said Jennifer Quigley, the Washington-based executive director of US Campaign for Burma.

As the recent decision to sanction Lieutenant General Thein Htay for his involvement in arms deals with North Korea shows, the US is more than willing to add new entities to its targeted SDN list even as it allows US companies to invest in and trade with Myanmar.

Na Sa Ka was a unique organisation that brought together officials from the departments of immigration and customs, as well as members of the military.

Its mandate was limited to securing the border with Bangladesh in northern Rakhine State.

Over the past year and a half, the 1200-strong force was implicated in communal violence in Rakhine State, particularly the persecution and exploitation of the Muslim Rohingya, who are commonly referred to as Bengalis in Myanmar.

Ms Quigley described Na Sa Ka as the most “violent and corrupt” armed body in Myanmar.

While sanctions against specific commanders are still possible under US law, several sources said they were concerned that the move to abolish the force would protect the Na Sa Ka from investigation for the alleged rights violations.

“U Thein Sein’s decision was based on … trying to short-circuit investigations of what the Na Sa Ka has done” and limiting public relations damage before his European trip, Mr Robertson said.

The 1200 members of Na Sa Ka have returned to their original organisations and a battalion of police have assumed the group’s duties along the border and at various checkpoints in northern Rakhine State.

It is not clear if the police will permanently take on this role and rights advocates expressed scepticism that the decision to abolish Na Sa Ka would lead to any improvements in the human rights situation in northern Rakhine State.

“In the absence of accountability, there is nothing to prevent the next security force from simply replicating Na Sa Ka’s abusive ways,” Mr Smith said.

Sittwe resident U Aung Win said he had not heard any reports of the police battalion engaging in the exploitation that Na Sa Ka was notorious for.

He said the most people were “very happy” to see Na Sa Ka disbanded, regardless of the motives behind the decision.”

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC): “Kingpin Act Designations”

July 23, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on July 23, 2013 released the following:

“OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL

Specially Designated Nationals List Update

The following individuals have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:
LOPEZ GUERRERO, Ismael (a.k.a. GODINA GUERRERO, Gilberto), Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico; DOB 01 Jun 1978; POB Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico; Passport A085434793 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. LOGI780601HTSPRS05 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: LOS ZETAS).

RAMIREZ PERALES, Jose Odilon, Tamaulipas, Mexico; Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico; DOB 20 Jul 1972; POB Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico; Passport 84059255 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. RAPO720720HTMSRD03 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: LOS ZETAS).”

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC): “Iran Human Rights Designation; Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act Designations​”

May 30, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on May 30, 2013 released the following:

“OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL
Specially Designated Nationals List Update

The following individual has been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

MIR-HEJAZI, Asghar (a.k.a. HEJAZI, Asghar; a.k.a. HEJAZI, Asghar Sadegh; a.k.a. MIR-HEJAZI RUHANI, Ali Asqar; a.k.a. MIRHEJAZI, Ali; a.k.a. MIR-HEJAZI, Ali Asqar); DOB 08 Sep 1946; POB Esfahan, Iran; citizen Iran; Security Deputy of Supreme Leader; Member of the Leader’s Planning Chamber; Head of Security of Supreme Leader’s Office; Deputy Chief of Staff of the Supreme Leader’s Office (individual) [IRAN-HR].

The following entities have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

COMMITTEE TO DETERMINE INSTANCES OF CRIMINAL CONTENT (a.k.a. COMMISSION TO DETERMINE INSTANCES OF CRIMINAL CONTENT; a.k.a. COMMITTEE FOR DETERMINING EXAMPLES OF CRIMINAL WEB CONTENT; a.k.a. COMMITTEE IN CHARGE OF DETERMINING UNAUTHORIZED WEBSITES; a.k.a. WORKING GROUP FOR DETERMINING OFFENSIVE CONTENT; a.k.a. WORKING GROUP TO DETERMINE INSTANCES OF CRIMINAL CONTENT; a.k.a. WORKING GROUP TO DETERMINE INSTANCES ON ONLINE CRIMINAL CONTENT), Sure-Esrafil St, Tehran, Iran; Website http://internet.ir [IRAN-TRA].

OFOGH SABERIN ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT COMPANY (a.k.a. OFOGH TOSE-EH SABERIN ENGINEERING), Shahid Malek Lu Street, No. 86, Tehran, Iran [IRAN-TRA].”

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Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators [NPWMD] and Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations [IFSR] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013

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

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

AL FIDA INTERNATIONAL GENERAL TRADING, Emirates Concord Hotel, Office Tower 16th Floor Flat 1065, P.O. Box: 28774, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [NPWMD] [IFSR].

AL HILAL EXCHANGE, P.O. Box 28774, Shop # 9 & 10 Ground Floor, Emirates Concorde Hotel, Al Maktoum Road, Deira Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Emirates Concorde Hotel & Residence, Almaktoum Street, P.O. Box 28774, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [NPWMD] [IFSR].”

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Treasury Targets Exchange House and Trading Company Linked to Iranian Attempts to Evade Sanctions

5/15/2013

Action Designates Financial Institutions Involved in Providing Foreign Currency Exchange for the Iranian Regime

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated an exchange house and a trading company today for aiding Iranian attempts to circumvent international economic sanctions. Al Hilal Exchange and Al Fida International General Trading, which are based in the United Arab Emirates, were designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 for providing financial services to previously designated Iranian banks. They have been used by Iran in an attempt to maintain access to foreign currency exchange.

“As Iran’s access to the international banking sector comes under increasing pressure, we have seen it turn increasingly to exchange houses and trading companies in its attempts to evade international sanctions and maintain its access to foreign exchange,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We have warned the financial community about the risks posed by Iran’s use of exchange houses and trading companies to evade sanctions, and today’s action makes clear that we will impose sanctions against non-bank financial institutions that facilitate Iran’s illicit conduct. We will continue to work with our partners in the UAE and around the world to increase pressure on the Iranian regime as it fails to address well founded concerns about its nuclear program.”

Both Al Hilal Exchange and Al Fida International General Trading are being designated today pursuant to E.O. 13382 for their role in providing financial services to Bank Mellat, a designated Iranian bank directly involved with the Iranian nuclear program.

Al Hilal Exchange, an exchange house based in Dubai, UAE, offers services related to remittances, currency exchange and credit card services. During a three-month span in early 2012, Al Hilal Exchange provided foreign currency exchange services worth more than $55 million to Bank Mellat. Al Hilal Exchange is also being designated for providing financial services to Bank Melli, specifically currency exchange services. Treasury previously designated Bank Melli for its financial services for the Atomic Energy Association of Iran and the Iranian Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics in 2007.

The Central Bank of the UAE recently took action against Al Hilal Exchange, revoking its license on May 8, 2013 for major regulatory and anti-money laundering compliance violations. The U.S. Government welcomes this action taken by the Government of the UAE and commends the UAE for taking action to combat the risks posed to the UAE and international financial system by the illicit financial operations of this exchange house. We look forward to further opportunities to collaborate with the UAE on combating illicit finance.

Al Fida International General Trading, also located in Dubai, collaborated with Al Hilal Exchange to provide Bank Mellat with access to foreign currency. Bank Mellat transferred currency to Al Hilal Exchange through an Al Fida General Trading account in an attempt to obscure the origins of the funds.

U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the entities designated today, and any assets of those entities subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen. Additionally, today’s designations under E.O. 13382 carry consequences under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA). Foreign financial institutions that knowingly facilitate significant transactions or provide significant financial services for these sanctioned entities or individual are exposed to potential loss of access to the U.S. financial system.

Please note, Al Hilal Exchange, one of the entities being designated today, is separate and distinct from Al Hilal Bank, which is also based in the UAE. Today’s sanctions are not imposed on Al Hilal Bank.

For guidance on the risks posed by Iran’s use of exchange houses and trading companies, see the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s January 10, 2013 release on “The Use of Exchange Houses and Trading Companies to Evade U.S. Economic Sanctions Against Iran.”

Identifying Information

Name: Al Hilal Exchange

Address: P.O. Box 28774, Shop #9 & 10 Ground Floor, Emirates Concorde Hotel, Al-Maktoum Road, Deira Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Alt. Address: Emirates Concorde Hotel & Residence, Almaktoum Street, P.O. Box 28774, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Name: Al Fida International General Trading

Address: P.O. Box: 28774, Office Tower 16th Floor Flat 1065, Emirates Concorde Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates”

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