October 3, 2017: SECO amends 4 Syrian sanctions listings

Yesterday, under their Syrian sanctions program, Swiss officials amended the listings of the following 4 individuals: 

SSID: 200-36113 Name: Saji’ Darwish

Title: Major General DOB: 11 Jan 1957 Good quality a.k.a.: a) Saji (Sajee, Sjaa) b) Jamil c) Darwis

Justification: a) Holds the rank of Major General, a senior officer and former Commander of the 22nd Division of the Syrian Arab Air Force, in post after May 20112011. Operates in the chemical weapons proliferation sector and is responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population: as a senior ranking officer of the Syrian Arab Air Force and Commander of the 22nd Division until April 2017 he holds responsibility for the use of chemical weapons by aircraft operating from airbases under the control of the 22nd

Division, including the attack on Talmenes that the Joint Investigative Mechanism reported was conducted by Hama airfield-based regime helicopters. b) Operates in the chemical weapons proliferation sector and is responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population: as a senior ranking officer of the Syrian Arab Air Force and Commander of the 22nd Division he holds responsibility for the use of chemical weapons by aircraft operating from airbases under the control of the 22nd Division, including the attack on Talmenes that the Joint Investigative Mechanism reported was conducted by Hama airfield-based regime helicopters. Other information: Rank: Major General, Syrian Arab Air Force Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2017, amended on 16 Jun 2017, 3 Oct 2017

SSID: 200-36655 Name: Jayyiz Rayyan Al-Musa

Title: Major General DOB: 1954 POB: Hama, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Jaez (Jayez) b) Sawada c) al-Hammoud d) al-Mousa (al-Moussa)

Justification: a) Governor of Hasaka, appointed by Bashar al-Assad; he is associated with Bashar al-Assad. b) Holds the rank of Major General, a senior officer and former Chief of Staff of the Syrian Air Force. c) As a senior officer of the Syrian Air Force, he is responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria, including the use of chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian regime during his tenure as Chief of Staff of the Syrian Air Force, as identified in the report of the Joint Investigative Mechanism established by the United Nations. Relation: Associated with Bashar Al-Assad (SSID 200-11614) Modifications: Listed on 3 Aug 2017, amended on 3 Oct 2017

SSID: 200-36663 Name: Mayzar ‘Abdu Sawan

Title: Major General DOB: 1954 Good quality a.k.a.: Meezar

Justification: a) Holds the rank of Major General, a senior officer and Commander of the 20th Division of the Syrian Air Force, in post after May 2011. b) As a senior officer in the Syrian air force he is responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population including attacks against civilian areas by aircraft operating from airbases under the control of the 20th Division. Modifications: Listed on 3 Aug 2017, amended on 3 Oct 2017

SSID: 200-36669 Name: Isam Zahr Al-Din

Title: Brigadier General DOB: 1961 POB: Tarba, As-Suwayda province, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Issam (Essam) b) Zuhair (Zaher) c) Eldin (al-Deen) d) Isam Zohruddin e) Issam Zahruddin f) Issam Zahreddine g) Essam Zahruddin h) Nafed Assadllah

Justification: Holds the rank of Brigadier General, a senior officer in the Republican Guard, in post after May 2011. As a senior military officer he is responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population, including during the siege of Baba Amr in February 2012. Modifications: Listed on 3 Aug 2017, amended on 3 Oct 2017

and one entity:

SSID: 200-12445 Name: Centre d’études et de recherches syrien (CERS)

Good quality a.k.a.: Centre d’Etude et de Recherche Scientifique (CERS) (Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), Centre de Recherche de Kaboun) Address: Barzeh Street, P.O.Box 4470, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: a) Provides support to the Syrian army for the acquisition of equipment used for the surveillance and repression of demonstrators. b) ItOperating in the chemical weapon proliferation sector, it is the government entity responsible for developing and producing non- conventional weapons, including chemical weapons, and the missiles to deliver them. Modifications: Amended on 3 Jun 2015, 19 Jan 2016, 3 Oct 2017

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