SECO adopts Venezuela sanctions

On Thursday, Swiss authorities added the following persons to a new Venezuela sanctions program:

SSID: 290-38374 Name: Néstor Luis Reverol Torres

DOB: 28 Oct 1964

Justification: Minister for Interior, Justice and Peace; former Commander General of the Bolivarian National Guard. Responsible for serious human rights violations and repression of the democratic opposition in Venezuela, including the prohibition and repression of political demonstrations. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018

SSID: 290-38379 Name: Gustavo Enrique González López

DOB: 2 Nov 1960

Justification: Head of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN). Responsible for serious human rights violations (including arbitrary detention, inhuman and degrading treatment, and torture) and repression of civil society and the democratic opposition in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018

SSID: 290-38384 Name: Tibisay Lucena Ramírez

DOB: 26 Apr 1959

Justification: President of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral – CNE). Her actions and policies have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by facilitating the establishment of the Constituent Assembly by failing to ensure that the CNE remains an impartial and independent institution in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018

SSID: 290-38389 Name: Antonio José Benavides Torres

DOB: 13 Jun 1961

Justification: Chief of the Capital District (Distrito Capital) Government. General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard until 21 Jun 2017. Involved in repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Venezuela, and responsible for serious human rights violations committed by the Bolivarian National Guard under his command. His actions and policies as General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard, including the Bolivarian National Guard taking the lead in the policing of civilian demonstrations and publicly advocating that military courts should have jurisdiction over civilians, have undermined the rule of law in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018

SSID: 290-38394 Name: Maikel José Moreno Pérez

DOB: 12 Dec 1965

Justification: President, and former Vice President, of the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia). In these roles, he has supported and facilitated the Government’s actions and policies which have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, and is responsible for actions and statements that have usurped the authority of the National Assembly. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018

SSID: 290-38399 Name: Tarek William Saab Halabi

DOB: 10 Sep 1963

Justification: Venezuelan Attorney General appointed by the Constituent Assembly. In this role and previous roles as Ombudsman and President of the Republican Moral Council, he has undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela by publicly supporting actions against opponents of the Government and the withdrawal of competences from the National Assembly. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018

SSID: 290-38404 Name: Diosdado Cabello Rondón

DOB: 15 Apr 1963

Justification: Member of the Constituent Assembly and First Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Involved in undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by using the media to publicly attack and threaten political opposition, other media and civil society. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018

Please note: for some reason there is no PDF file of changes for this list with this release, only an XML. However, since this is a new program, the consolidated list contains all the new designations (which is where the listing above comes from).

Links:

FINMA Notice

Data file of changes (XML)

Venezuala sanctions list (PDF)

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