June 10, 2016: SECO updates Syria sanctions

On June 10th, Swiss officials delisted the following 2 persons: 

 

SSID: 200-11730 Name: Muhammad Nasif Khayrbik
DOB: a) 10 Apr 1937 b) 20 May 1937 POB: Hama, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: Naseef (Nassif, Nasseef) Low quality a.k.a.: a) b) Identification document: a) Diplomatic passport No. 0002250, Syrian Arab Republic b)
Justification:
Deputy Vice-President of Syria for National Security Affairs; involved in violence against the civilian population. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, de-listed on 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-29908 Name: Mohamed Farahat
Good quality a.k.a.: Muhammad
Justification: a) Vice-President of Finance and Administration at Tri-Ocean Energy, which has been listed for benefiting from and supporting the Syrian regime, he is therefore associated with a listed entity. b) In view of his senior position in Tri-Ocean Energy, he is responsible for the activities of the entity in supplying oil to the regime. Relation: Vice- President of Finance and Administration of Tri-Ocean Trading (SSID 200-28805) Modifications: Listed on 17 Dec 2014, amended on 19 Jan 2016, de-listed on 10 Jun 2016 

from the Syrian sanctions program, and modified the following listings:

 

SSID: 200-11672 Name: Rami Makhlouf
DOB: 10 Jul 1969 POB: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Identification document: Passport No. 454224, Syrian Arab Republic
Justification: a) Syrian businessman; cousin of President Bashar Al-Assad, controlsLeading businessman operating in Syria with interests in the telecommunications, financial services, transport and property sectors; he has financial interest in and/or holds senior and executive positions in Syriatel, the leading mobile telephone operator in Syria, the investment funds Al MahreqMashreq, Bena Properties,Properties and Cham Holding, Syriatel, Souruh Company, thereby furnishing financing and support to the regimeHolding. b) He furnishes financing and support to the Syrian regime, through his business interests. c) He is an influential member of the Makhlouf family and closely connected to the Assad family; cousin of President Bashar al-Assad. Relation: a) Cousin of Bashar Al-Assad (SSID 200-11614) b) Son of Mohammed Makhlouf (SSID 200-11828) c) Controls the investment funds ofHas financial interest and/or holds senior and executive position in Al Mashreq Investment Fund (AMIF) (SSID 200-12346) d) Controls the investment funds ofHas financial interest and/or holds senior and executive position in Bena Properties (SSID 200-12342) e) Controls the investment funds ofHas financial interest and/or holds senior and executive position in Cham Holding (SSID 200-12406) f) Controls the investment funds of Syriatel (SSID 200-12428) g) Controls the investment funds of Souruh Company (SSID 200-12422) Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-11739 Name: Mohammed Hamcho
DOB: 20 May 1966 Identification document: Passport No. 002954347, Syrian Arab Republic
Justification: a) Prominent Syrian businessman, owner of Hamcho International, close to key figures ofLeading businessman operating in Syria, with interests in the Syrian regime, including President Bashar al-Assadengineering and construction, media, hospitality and Maher al-Assad. Since March 2014, hehealth sector. He has held the positionfinancial interest in and/or holds senior and executive positions within a number of Chairmancompanies in Syria, in particular Hamsho international, Hamsho Communication, Mhg International, Jupiter for China of the Bilateral Business Councils following his appointment by the Minister of Economy, Khodr Orfali. Mohammed Hamcho benefits fromInvestment and provides support to the Syrian regimeTourism project and is associated with persons benefiting from and supporting the regimeSyria Metal industries. b) He plays an important role in the business community in Syria as general secretary of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce (appointed by the then Minister for economy Khodr Orfali in December 2014), chairman of the China-Syria Bilateral Business Councils (since March 2014) and chairman of the Syrian Metal and Steel Council (since December 2015). c) He has close business relationships with key figures of the Syrian regime, including Maher Al- Assad. d) Mohammed Hamcho benefits from and provides support to the Syrian regime through his business interests, and is associated with persons benefiting from and providing support to this regime. Relation: a) Owner ofHas financial interest in and/or holds senior and executive positions in Hamcho International (SSID 200-12352) b) Close to Bashar Al-Assad (SSID 200-11614) c) Close toHas close business relationships with Maher Al-Assad (SSID 200-11625) Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 11 Mar 2015, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-11761 Name: Ihab Makhlouf
DOB: 21 Jan 1973 POB: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: Ehab (Iehab) Identification document: Passport No. N002848852, Syrian Arab Republic Justification: a) Leading businessman operating in Syria. Ihab Makhlouf is Vice President ofof, and shareholder in Syriatel, which transfers 50% of its profits to the leading mobile telephone operator in Syria. He also has business interests in several other Syrian Government by way of its licencing contract.companies and entities, including Ramak Construction Co and Syrian International Private University for Science and Technology (SIUST). b) As Vice President of Syriatel, which transfers a significant part of its profits to the Syrian government by way of its licensing contract, Ihab Makhlouf is also directly supporting the Syrian regime. c) He is an influential member of the Makhlouf family and closely connected to the Assad family; cousin of President Bashar al-Assad. Relation: a) Son of Mohammed Makhlouf (SSID 200-11828) b) Cousin of Bashar Al-Assad (SSID 200-11614) c) Vice President and shareholder of Syriatel (SSID 200-12428) Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-11810 Name: Khalid Qaddur
Good quality a.k.a.: a) Khaled b) Qadour (Qaddour, Kaddour)
Justification: a) Prominent Syrian businessman, close to Maher al-Assad, a key figure ofLeading businessperson operating in Syria, with interests and/or activities in the Syrian regime. Khalid Qaddur benefits fromtelecommunications, oil and provides support to the Syrian regimeplastic industry sectors and is associatedclose business relations with persons benefiting from and supporting the regimeMaher Al-Assad. b) He benefits from and provides support to the Syrian regime, through his business activities. c) Associate of Maher Al- Assad, including through his business activities. Relation: Close toAssociate of Maher Al- Assad (SSID 200-11625) Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 11 Mar 2015, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-11814 Name: Ra’if Al-Quwatly
DOB: 3 Feb 1967 POB: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Ri’af (Raeef) b) Al-Quwatli (Al-Kouatly)
Justification: Business associate of Maher Al-Assad and responsible for managing some of his business interests; provides funding to the regime. Relation: Business associate of Maher Al-Assad (SSID 200-11625) Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-11828 Name: Mohammed Makhlouf
DOB: 19 Oct 1932 POB: Latakia, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: Abu Rami Justification: a) Close associate and maternal uncleInfluential member of Bashar and Mahir Al-Assad. Businessthe Makhlouf family, business associate and father of Rami, Ihab and Iyad MakhloufMakhlouf. Closely associated with the Assad family and maternal uncle of Bashar and Mahir al-Assad. Also referred to as Abu Rami. b) Leading businessperson operating in Syria, with interests and/or activities in multiple sectors of Syria’s economy, including interests in and/or significant influence in the General Organisation of Tobacco and the oil and gas, arms and banking sectors. c) Involved in business dealings for the Assad regime in arms procurement and banking. Given the extent of his business and political ties to the regime he provides support to and benefits from the Syrian regime. Relation: a) Uncle of Bashar Al-Assad (SSID 200-11614) b) Uncle of Maher Al-Assad (SSID 200-11625) c) Father of Rami Makhlouf (SSID 200-11672) d) Father of Ihab Makhlouf (SSID 200-11761) e) Father of Iyad Makhlouf (SSID 200-11745) Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-11836 Name: Ayman Jabir
POB: Latakia, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Jaber b) Aiman
Justification: a) Prominent Syrian businessman, close to key figures ofLeading businessman operating in Syria, involved in the Syrian regime such as Maher al-Assadsteel, media, consumable goods and Rami Makhloufoil sectors, including in trading these goods. He has also provided support to the regime by facilitating the importationfinancial interest and/or holds senior executive positions in a number of oil from Overseas Petroleum Trading to Syria through his companycompanies and entities in Syria, in particular Al Jazira (aka Al Jazerra; El Jazireh. Ayman Jabir benefits fromJazireh), Dunia TV, and provides support to the regime and is associated with persons benefiting from and supporting the regimeSama Satellite Channel. b) Through his company Al Jazira, Ayman Jaber has facilitated the importation of oil from Overseas Petroleum Trading to Syria. c) Ayman Jaber benefits from and provides support to the regime, through his business interests. d) Provides direct support for and plays leading role in activities of regime affiliated militias known as Shabiha and/or Suqur as-Sahraa. e) Associate of Rami Makhlouf through his business activities and an associate of Maher Al-Assad through his role in regime affiliated militias. Relation: a) Close toAssociate of Maher Al-Assad (SSID 200-11625) b) Close toAssociate of Rami Makhlouf (SSID 200-11672) c) Has financial interest and/or holds senior and executive positions in El Jazireh (SSID 200-28852) d) Has financial interest and/or holds senior and executive positions in Addounia TV (SSID 200-12400) Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 17 Dec 2014, 11 Mar 2015, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-11882 Name: Ali Douba
DOB: 1933 POB: Karfis, Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Responsible for killings in Hama in 1980, has been called back to Damascus as special advisor to President Bashar Al-Assad. Relation: Special advisor to Bashar Al- Assad (SSID 200-11614) Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016 

 

SSID: 200-11912 Name: Samir Hassan
Justification: a) Samir Hassan is a prominent businessman, close to key figuresLeading businessperson operating in Syria, with interests and/or activities in multiple sectors of Syria’s economy. He holds interests in and/or has significant influence in the Syrian regime, such as Rami Makhlouf Amir Group and Cham Holdings, two conglomerates with interests in the real estate, tourism, transport and Issam Anbouba; sincefinance sectors. Since March 2014, he has held the position of Vice Chairman for Russia of the Bilateral Business Councils following his appointment by Minister of Economy, Khodr Orfali. Additionally, he supports the regime’s war effort with cash donations. Accordingly, Samir Hassan is associated with persons benefitting from or supporting the regime and provides support to and benefits from the Syrian regimeOrfali. b) Samir Hassan supports the regime’s war effort with cash donations. c) Samir Hassan is associated with persons benefitting from or supporting the regime. In particular, he is associated with Rami Makhlouf and Issam Anbouba, who have been designated and benefits from the Syrian regime. Relation: a) Close to Rami Makhlouf (SSID 200-11672) b) Close to Issam Anbouba (SSID 200-11924) c) Holds interests in and/or has significant influence in Cham Holding (SSID 200-12406) Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 17 Dec 2014, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-11937 Name: Adnan Hassan Mahmoud
Title: Dr. DOB: 1966 POB: Tartous, Syrian Arab Republic
Justification: Former Minister of Information. Associated withAs former Government Minister, shares responsibility for the Syrian regime and itsregime’s violent repression against the civilian population. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-12017 Name: Mohammad Al-Jleilati
Title: Dr. DOB: 1945 POB: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: Mohamed (Muhammad, Mohammed)
Justification: Former Minister of FinanceFinance, in office until 9 Feb 2013. As a former Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression against the civilian population. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 23 Jun 2014, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-12195 Name: Emad Abdul-Ghani Sabouni
Title: Dr. DOB: 1964 POB: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Imad b) Abdul Ghani c) Al Sabuni
Justification: Former Minister of Telecommunications and TechnologyTechnology, in office until at least April 2014. As Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression against the civilian population. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-12273 Name: Joseph Suwaid
DOB: 1958 POB: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Josef b) Jergi (Jirgi) c) Sweid (Swaid)
Justification: Former Minister of StateState, in office until at least 21 Jan 2014. As former Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression against the civilian population. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016 

 

SSID: 200-12286 Name: Hussein Mahmoud Farzat
Title: Eng. DOB: 1957 POB: Hama, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Hussain b) Mahmud
Justification: Former Minister of StateState, in office until at least 2014. As former Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression against the civilian population. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-12718 Name: Samir Joumaa
DOB: 1962 (approximately) Good quality a.k.a.: a) Abou Sami b) Sameer c) Jumaa (Jum’a, Joum’a)
Justification: For almost 20 years he has been head of the office of Mohammad Nasif Khayrbik, one of the main security advisers of Bashar Al-Assad (and officially deputy to the Vice-President, Faruq Al Shar’). Samir Joumaa’s closeness to Bashar Al-Assad and Mohammed Nasif Khayrbik means that he is implicated in the policy of repression conducted by the regime against its opponents. Relation: a) Close to Bashar Al-Assad (SSID 200- 11614) b) Close to Muhammad Nasif Khayrbik (SSID 200-11730) Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-28767 Name: Hashim Anwar al-Aqqad
DOB: 1961 POB: Mohagirine, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Hashem b) Aqqad (Akkad)
Justification: a) Prominent businessman, chairman of the Akkad Group of companies that operateLeading businessperson operating in Syria, with interests and/or activities in multiple sectors of the Syrian economy, including oilSyria’s economy. He holds interests in and/or has significant influence in Anwar Akkad Sons Group (AASG) and gas. Provides support toits subsidiary United Oil. AASG is a conglomerate with interests in sectors such as oil, gas, chemicals, insurance, industrial machinery, real estate, tourism, exhibitions, contracting, insurance, and benefits from the Syrian regimemedical equipment. b) Hashim Anwar al- Aqqad also worked as a member of the Syrian Parliament as recently as 2012. c) Al-Aqqad could not have remained successful without assistance from the regime. Given the extent of his business and political ties to the regime he provides support to and benefits from the Syrian regime. Modifications: Listed on 10 Sep 2014, amended on 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-30629 Name: Wael Abdulkarim
Good quality a.k.a.: Al Karim Address: a) Pangates International Corp Ltd, P.O.Box Sharjah Airport International Free Zone, United Arab Emirates b) Al Karim for Trade and Industry, P.O.Box 111, Damascus, 5797, Syrian Arab Republic
Justification: a) Managing Director of the designated entity Pangates International Corp Ltd, which acts as an intermediaryLeading businessperson operating in Syria in the supplyoil, chemicals and manufacturing industries. Specifically, he represents Abdulkarim Group, a.k.a Al Karim Group/Alkarim for Trade and Industry/Al Karim Trading and Industry/Al Karim for Trade and Industry. Abdulkarim Group is a leading manufacturer of oil to the Syrian regimelubricants, greases and industrial chemicals in Syria. b) As Managing Director of Pangates, Wael Abdulkarim provides support to, and benefits from, the Syrian regime. He also holds a senior position in the designated entity Al Karim Group, which is Pangates’ parent company. c) As a result of his senior positions in Pangates and Al Karim Group, he is also associated with these designated entities. Relation: a) Managing Director of Pangates International Corp Ltd (SSID 200-29924) b) Associated withRepresents Abdulkarim Group (SSID 200-29931) Modifications: Listed on 18 Mar 2015, amended on 3 Jun 2015, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016

SSID: 200-30651 Name: George Haswani
Good quality a.k.a.: Heswani (Hasawani, Al Hasawani) Address: Al Jalaa St, Yabroud, Damascus Province, Syrian Arab Republic
Justification: a) Prominent Syrian businessman, co-ownerLeading businessperson operating in Syria, with interests and/or activities in the engineering, construction and oil and gas sectors. He holds interests in and/or has significant influence in a number of companies and entities in Syria, in particular HESCO Engineering and Construction Company, a major engineering and construction company in Syria. He has close ties to the Syrian regimecompany. b) George Haswani has close ties to the Syrian regime. He provides support and benefits from the regime through his role as a middleman in deals for the purchase of oil from ISIL by the Syrian regimeregime. He also benefits from the regime through favourable treatment including the award of a contract (as a subcontractor) with Stroytransgaz, a major Russian oil company. c) He also benefits from the regime through favourable treatment including the award of a contract (as a subcontractor) with Stroytransgaz, a major Russian oil company. Modifications: Listed on 18 Mar 2015, amended on 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016 

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