January 4, 2018: First OFAC Sanction-o-Rama of 2018!

Last Thursday, OFAC updated a bunch of different sanctions programs:

The following persons were added to the SDN List under the counter terrorism sanctions program:

ADAN, Abukar Ali (a.k.a. ADEN, Abukar Ali; a.k.a. “Ibrahim Afghan”; a.k.a. “Sheikh Abukar”); DOB 1972; alt. DOB 1971; alt. DOB 1973 (individual) [SDGT]. 
 
AL-FAQIH, Wanas, Mahdia, Tunisia; DOB 1982 (individual) [SDGT]. 
 
AL-GHAZALI, Muhammad (a.k.a. AL-GHAZALI, Muhammad Abd al-Karim; a.k.a. AL-MAWARI, Abu Hisham; a.k.a. MAWARI, Abu Hisham; a.k.a. “Abu Faris”; a.k.a. “Abu Sa’id”; a.k.a. “Rashid”); DOB 1988; alt. DOB 1987; alt. DOB 1989; POB Ibb Governorate, Yemen; nationality Yemen (individual) [SDGT].

These entities were added under the Iran Financial Sanctions Regulations (IFSR) and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (NPWMD) programs:

SHAHID ESLAMI RESEARCH CENTER, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR]. 
 
SHAHID KHARRAZI INDUSTRIES, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR]. 
 
SHAHID MOGHADDAM INDUSTRIES, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR]. 
 
SHAHID SANIKHANI INDUSTRIES, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR]. 
 
SHAHID SHUSTARI INDUSTRIES (a.k.a. SHAHID SHOSHTARI INDUSTRIES; a.k.a. SHAHID SHOUSHTARI; a.k.a. SHAHID SHUSHTARI INDUSTRIES), Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR].

The following person was removed from the counter narcotics trafficking program:

TOUZARD ROMO, Lucia, Ave. Samuel Lewis y Calle 54, Urb. Obarrio Torre Generali, piso 11, Apartado 0831-02-513, Panama, Panama; DOB 24 Jan 1971; POB Panama; citizen Panama; Passport 0159068 (Panama) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: WAKED MONEY LAUNDERING ORGANIZATION).  
 
The following person was removed from counter terrorism program:
 
SHAQAQI, Fathi; Secretary General of PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD-SHIQAQI (individual) [SDT]. 

And, finally, the following individual counter narcotics trafficking listing was amended:
 
AGUINO ARBOLEDA, Junior Onofre (Latin: AGUIÑO ARBOLEDA, Junior Onofre) (a.k.a. “DIOS Y CIEGO”), Colombia; DOB 16 Sep 1989; POB Tumaco, Narino, Colombia; Gender Male; Cedula No. 1087132209 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]. -to- AGUINO ARBOLEDA, Onofre Junior (Latin: AGUIÑO ARBOLEDA, Onofre Junior) (a.k.a. “DIOS Y CIEGO”), Colombia; DOB 16 Sep 1989; POB Tumaco, Narino, Colombia; Gender Male; Cedula No. 1087132209(Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]. 
 
The State Department issued a press release about the counter terrorism designations:
 
Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 4, 2018

 

The Department of State has designated Muhammad al-Ghazali, Abukar Ali Adan, and Wanas al-Faqih as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. These designations impose strict sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. Among the consequences of these designations, all of their property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them.

As outlined further below, these three individuals are associated with al-Qa’ida affiliates al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Shabaab, and al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), all of which have been designated by the United States as Foreign Terrorist Organizations pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as SDGT entities under E.O. 13224. Al-Ghazali is a senior member of AQAP who is involved in internal security and training of the group’s operatives. Abukar Ali Adan is deputy leader of al-Shabaab. Wanas al-Faqih is an AQIM associate who planned the March 18, 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, Tunisia that killed at least 20 people.

Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Muhammad al-Ghazali, Wanas al-Faqih, and Abukar Ali Adan have committed acts of terrorism. Terrorism designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/index.htm.

And the Treasury Department issued a press release about the Iranian designations:
 

Treasury Sanctions Iranian Entities

 
JANUARY 4, 2018

Action Illustrates Iranian Regime’s Prioritization of Destabilizing Weapons Systems at the Expense of its People 

Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned five Iran-based entities subordinate to a key element of Iran’s ballistic missile program.  Shahid Kharrazi Industries, Shahid Sanikhani Industries, Shahid Moghaddam Industries, Shahid Eslami Research Center, and Shahid Shustari Industries are being designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 for being owned or controlled by Iran’s Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG).

“These sanctions target key entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, which the Iranian regime prioritizes over the economic well-being of the Iranian people.  As the Iranian people suffer, their government and the IRGC fund foreign militants, terrorist groups, and human rights abuses,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “The United States will continue to decisively counter the Iranian regime’s malign activity, including additional sanctions targeting human rights abuses.  We will not hesitate to call out the regime’s economic mismanagement, and diversion of significant resources to fund threatening missile systems at the expense of its citizenry.” 

SBIG, which is responsible for the development and production of Iran’s solid-propellant ballistic missiles, is listed in the Annex to E.O. 13382 and is currently sanctioned by the U.S., UN, and EU.

  • Shahid Kharrazi Industries is subordinate to SBIG and is responsible for the development and production of guidance and control systems for solid-propellant ballistic missiles. 
  • Shahid Sanikhani Industries is subordinate to SBIG and is responsible for casting and curing solid-propellant for Iran’s solid-propellant ballistic missiles.
  • Shahid Moghaddam Industries is subordinate to SBIG and is responsible for the development and production of solid-propellant missile motor cases, ballistic missile launchers, and ground support equipment.
  • Shahid Eslami Research Center is subordinate to, and serves as the research and development organization within, SBIG.
  • Shahid Shustari Industries is subordinate to, and likely was created for the development of fiber materials for, SBIG.

As a result of this action, all property and interests in property of those designated today subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. In addition, foreign financial institutions that knowingly facilitate significant transactions for, or persons that provide material or certain other support to, the entities designated today risk exposure to sanctions that could sever their access to the U.S. financial system or block their property and interests in property under U.S. jurisdiction.

For identifying information on the entities designated today, click here.

Links:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

Treasury Department Press Release

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