April 12, 2017: OFAC adds (Central African Republic) and subtracts (Zimbabwe)

On Wednesday, OFAC added the following 2 persons: 

HISSENE, Abdoulaye (a.k.a. ABDOULAYE, Hissene; a.k.a. ABDOULAYE, Issene; a.k.a. HISSEIN, Abdoulaye; a.k.a. ISSENE, Abdoulaye (Latin: ISSÈNE, Abdoulaye); a.k.a. RAMADANE, Abdoulaye Issene (Latin: RAMADANE, Abdoulaye Issène)), KM5, Bangui, Central African Republic; Ndele, Bamingui-Bangoran Prefecture, Central African Republic; DOB 1967; POB Ndele, Bamingui-Bangoran Prefecture, Central African Republic; nationality Central African Republic; Gender Male; Passport D00000897 (Central African Republic) issued 05 Apr 2013 expires 04 Apr 2018 (individual) [CAR]. 
 
MOKOM, Maxime (a.k.a. GAWAKA, Maxime Eli Jeoffroy Mokom; a.k.a. GAWAKA, Maxime Mokom; a.k.a. MOCOM, Maxime; a.k.a. MOKOM, Gawaka; a.k.a. MOKOM, Maxim; a.k.a. MOKOME, Maxime; a.k.a. MOKOM-GAWAKA, Maxime Jeoffroy Eli; a.k.a. MOKOUM, Maxime; a.k.a. “Colonel Rock”), Boy-Rabe, Bangui, Central African Republic; DOB 30 Dec 1978; POB Bangui, Central African Republic; nationality Central African Republic; Gender Male; Passport O00006983 (Central African Republic) expires 02 Feb 2017 (individual) [CAR]. 

to the sanctions against the Central African Republic, and removed: 

MUTEZO, Munacho Thomas Alvar, 950 Sugarloaf Hill, Glen Lorne, Zimbabwe; DOB 14 Feb 1954; Passport AN187189 (Zimbabwe) expires 05 Dec 2010; Minister of Water Resources and Infrastructural Development (individual) [ZIMBABWE].

from the Zimbabwe sanctions.

Treasury issued the following press release about the new designations:

 Treasury Sanctions Two Central African Republic Militia Commanders 


4/12/2017

Action Targets Two Individuals for Destabilizing Activities in Bangui
 
Washington— Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Abdoulaye Hissene (Hissene) and Maxime Mokom (Mokom) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13667 for engaging in actions that threaten the peace, security, or stability of the Central African Republic (CAR).  As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of these individuals within U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. 
 
“The individuals designated today are responsible for prolonging instability in the Central African Republic,” said OFAC Director John E. Smith.  “Today’s action underscores our ongoing efforts to target those responsible for fueling violence and human rights abuses in the Central African Republic.”
 
Abdoulaye Hissene and Maxime Mokom
 
In September 2015, Hissene and Mokom collaborated as part of a larger alliance between ex-Séléka members and anti-Balaka allies of former CAR President Francois Bozize, who was sanctioned in May of 2014, to encourage violence in Bangui.  Their collaboration was part of a failed coup attempt designed to overthrow the CAR Government while then-Transitional President Catherine Samba-Panza was attending the 2015 UN General Assembly.  Hissene and Mokom were specifically identified as suspects in the failed coup by the CAR Public Prosecutor’s office.
 
In addition, Hissene conspired with Mokom to disrupt a constitutional referendum held in December 2015.  Mokom’s anti-Balaka forces worked with elements of Hissene’s Popular Front for the Rebirth of the CAR (FPRC) ex-Séléka group to intimidate voters and disrupt polling in the town of Kaga Bandoro during the December 13 vote.  Hissene also encouraged retaliatory attacks between different groups.  Hissene is specifically accused of orchestrating violence in Bangui’s KM5 district that killed five, wounded 20, and prevented residents from voting in the referendum.
 
In June 2016, Hissene’s KM5 fighters and Mokom’s anti-Balaka supporters may have planned to disrupt the arrival of CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadéra’s flight to Bangui airport, leading the CAR Government to warn publicly of a possible coup attempt.
 
On August 12, 2016, Hissene and a group of armed men traveling north from Bangui engaged CAR security forces in multiple gunfights.  The UN’s peacekeeping mission in the CAR, the UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), eventually captured some of the men, but Hissene and several others escaped.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

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