April 24, 2018: SECO updates a bunch of Iran designations

On Tuesday, Swiss authorities amended the following individual Iran sanctions listings:

SSID: 80-13066 Foreign identifier: 1. Name: Ahmadi-Moqaddam Esmail

DOB: 1961 POB: Tehran, Iran

Justification: Former Senior Advisor for Security Affairs to the Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff. Former Chief of Iran’s National Police from 2005 until early 2015. Forces under his command led brutal attacks on peaceful protests, and a violent night-time attack on the dormitories of Tehran University on 15 Jun 20092009. Currently head of Iran’s Headquarters in support of the Yemeni People. Modifications: Amended on 18 May 2016, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13076 Foreign identifier: 3. Name: Araghi Abdollah

Good quality a.k.a.: Eraghi Abdollah

Justification: Former Deputy Head of IRGC’s Ground Forces. He had a direct and personal responsibility in the crackdown of protests all through the Summer of 2009. Modifications: Amended on 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13104 Foreign identifier: 9. Name: Naqdi Mohammad-Reza

DOB: 1952 (approximately) POB: Najaf, Iraq

Justification: Deputy Chief of the IRGC for cultural and social affairs. Former Commander of the Basij. As commander of the IRGC’s Basij Forces, Naqdi was responsible for or complicit in Basij abuses occurring in late 2009, including the violent response to the December 2009 Ashura Day protests, which resulted in up to 15 deaths and the arrests of hundreds of protesters. Prior to his appointment as commander of the Basij in October 2009, Naqdi was the head of the intelligence unit of the Basij responsible for interrogating those arrested during the post-election crackdown. Modifications: Amended on 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13110 Foreign identifier: 10. Name: Radan Ahmad-Reza

DOB: 1963 POB: Isfahan, Iran

Justification: He isFormerly in charge of the Centre for Strategic Studies of the Iranian Law Enforcement Force, a body linked to the National Police. Former Head of the Police Strategic Studies Centre, former Deputy Chief of Iran’s National Police until Jun 2014. As Deputy Chief of National Police from 2008, Radan was responsible for beatings, murder, and arbitrary arrests and detentions against protestors that were committed by the police forces. Currently IRGC commander in charge of training Iraqi ‘anti-terrorist’ forces. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 18 May 2016, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13116 Foreign identifier: 11. Name: Rajabzadeh Azizollah

Justification: Former Head of Tehran Disaster Mitigation Organisation (TDMO). Former Head of Tehran Police (until January 2010). As Commander of the Law Enforcement Forces in the Greater Tehran, Azizollah Rajabzadeh is the highest ranking accused in the case of abuses in Kahrizak Detention CenterCentre. Modifications: Amended on 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13120 Foreign identifier: 12. Name: Sajedi-Nia Hossein

Justification: Police Operations Deputy Commander. Former Head of Tehran Police, former Deputy Chief of Iran’s National Police responsible for Police Operations. He is in charge of coordinating, for the Ministry of Interior, repression operations in the Iranian capital. Modifications: Amended on 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13124 Foreign identifier: 13. Name: Taeb Hossein

DOB: 1963 POB: Tehran

Justification: Head of IRGC Intelligence. Former Deputy IRGC commander for intelligence. Former Commander of the Basij until Oct 2009. Forces under his command participated in mass beatings, murders, detentions and tortures of peaceful protestors. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13141 Foreign identifier: 16. Name: Haddad Hassan

Good quality a.k.a.: Zareh Dehnavi Hassan

Justification: Former Deputy Safety Officer of Teheran Revolutionary Court. Former Judge, Tehran Revolutionary Court, branch 26. He was in charge of the detainee cases related to the post-election crises and regularly threatened families of detainees in order to silence them. He has been instrumental in issuing detention orders to the Kahrizak Detention Centre. In Nov 2014, his role in the deaths of detainees was officially recognised by the Iranian authorities. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 18 May 2016, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13163 Foreign identifier: 21. Name: Mohseni-Ejei Gholam-Hossein

DOB: 1956 (approximately) POB: Ejiyeh

Justification: Member of the Expediency Council. Prosecutor General of Iran since Sep 2009 and Deputy Head and spokesman of the Judiciary, and formerJudiciary. Former Intelligence minister during the 2009 elections. While he was Intelligence minister during the 2009 election, intelligence agents under his command were responsible for detention, torture and extraction of false confessions under pressure from hundreds of activists, journalists, dissidents, and reformist politicians. In addition, political figures were coerced into making false confessions under unbearable interrogations, which included torture, abuse, blackmail, and the threatening of family members. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13189 Foreign identifier: 26. Name: Sharifi Malek Adjar

Justification: Judge at the Supreme CourtCourt, head of the 43rd section. Former Head of East Azerbaidjan Judiciary. He was responsible for Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani’s trial. Modifications: Amended on 18 May 2016, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13197 Foreign identifier: 28. Name: Yasaghi Ali-Akbar

Justification: Judge of the Supreme CourtCourt head of the 44th section. Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Setad-e Dieh Foundation. Former Chief Judge, Mashhad Revolutionary Court. Trials under his jurisdiction have been conducted summarily and inside closed session, without adherence to basic rights of the accused. As execution rulings were issued en masse, death sentences were issued without proper observance of fair hearing procedures. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13213 Foreign identifier: 32. Name: Zanjirei Mohammad-Ali

Justification: AsSenior advisor to Head, and former Deputy Head of Iran’s Prisons Organisation, responsible for abuses and deprivation of rights in detention center. He ordered the transfer of many inmates into solitary confinement. Modifications: Amended on 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13217 Foreign identifier: 33. Name: Abbaszadeh-Meshkini Mahmoud Justification: a) Advisor to the Human Right Council. Former Secretary of the Human Right Council. Former governor of Ilam Province. Former Interior Ministry’s political director. As Head of the Article 10 Committee of the Law on Activities of Political Parties and Groups he was in charge of authorising demonstrations and other public events and registering political parties. b) In 2010, he suspended the activities of two reformist political parties linked to Mousavi – the Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Islamic Revolution Mujahedeen Organisation. c) From 2009 onwards he has consistently and continuously prohibited all non-governmental gatherings, therefore denying a constitutional right to protest and leading to many arrests of peaceful demonstrators in contravention of the right to freedom of assembly. d) He also denied in 2009 the opposition a permit for a ceremony to mourn people killed in protests over the Presidential elections. Modifications: Amended on 2 May 2017, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13221 Foreign identifier: 34. Name: Akbarshahi Ali-Reza

Justification: Former Director-General of Iran’s Drug Control Headquarters (a.k.a. Anti- Narcotics Headquarters). Former Commander of Tehran Police. Under his leadership, the police force was responsible for the use of extrajudicial force on suspects during arrest and pre-trial detention. The Tehran police were also implicated in raids on Tehran university dorms in Jun 2009, when according to an Iranian Majlis commission, more than 100 students were injured by the police and BasijiBasiji. Currently head of the railway police. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 18 May 2016, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13229 Foreign identifier: 36. Name: Avaee Seyyed Ali-Reza

Good quality a.k.a.: Avaee Seyyed Alireza

Justification: Minister of Justice. Former Director of the special investigations office. Until Jul 2016 deputy Minister of Interior and head of the Public register. Advisor to the Disciplinary Court for Judges since Apr 2014. Former President of the Tehran Judiciary. As President of the Tehran Judiciary he has been responsible for human rights violations, arbitrary arrests, denials of prisoners’ rights and an increase in executions. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 2 May 2017, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13249 Foreign identifier: 40. Name: Habibi Mohammad Reza

Justification: Head of the Ministry of Justice office in Yazd. Former Deputy Prosecutor of Isfahan. Likely to be currently in a process of reassignment to another function. Complicit in proceedings denying defendants a fair trial – such as Abdollah Fathi executed in May 2011 after his right to be heard and mental health issues were ignored by Habibi during his trial in Mar 2010. He is, therefore, complicit in a grave violation of the right to due process, contributing to the excessive and increasing use of the death penalty and a sharp increase in executions since the beginning of 2011. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 18 May 2016, 2 May 2017, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13277 Foreign identifier: 45. Name: Jokar Mohammad Saleh

Justification: Deputy for Parliamentary Affairs of the Revolutionary Guards. From 2011 until 2016 parliamentary deputy for Yazd Province and Member of the parliamentary Committee for National Security and Foreign Policy. Former Commander of Student Basij Forces. In thisthe capacity of Commander of Student Basij Forces he was actively involved in suppressing protests in schools and universities and extra-judicial detention of activists and journalists. Modifications: Amended on 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13292 Foreign identifier: 48. Name: Mahsouli Sadeq

DOB: a) 1959 b) 1960 POB: Oroumieh, Iran Good quality a.k.a.: Mahsuli Sadeq Justification: Advisor to Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and current member of the Expediency Council Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and memberDeputy Chief of the Perseverance Front. Minister of Welfare and Social Security between 2009 and 2011. Minister of the Interior until Aug 2009. As Interior Minister, Mahsouli had authority over all police forces, interior ministry security agents, and plainclothes agents. The forces under his direction were responsible for attacks on the dormitories of Tehran University on 14 Jun 2009 and the torture of students in the basement of the Ministry (the notorious basement level 4). Other protestors were severely abused at the Kahrizak Detention Center, which was operated by police under Mahsouli’s control. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13305 Foreign identifier: 50. Name: Omidi Mehrdad

Good quality a.k.a.: a) Reza Omidi b) Reza

Justification: Head of section VI of the police, investigation department. Former Head of the Intelligence Services within the Iranian Police. Former Head of the Computer Crimes Unit of the Iranian Police. He is responsible for thousands of investigations and indictments of reformists and political opponents using the Internet. He is thus responsible for grave human rights violations in the repression of persons who speak out in defence of their legitimate rights, including freedom of expression. Modifications: Amended on 18 May 2016, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13309 Foreign identifier: 51. Name: Salarkia Mahmoud

Justification: a) Former Head of the Petrol and Transport commission of the City of Tehran. Deputy to the Prosecutor-General of Tehran for Prison Affairs during the crackdown of 2009. b) As Deputy to the Prosecutor-General of Tehran for Prison Affairs he was directly responsible for many of the arrest warrants against innocent, peaceful protesters and activists. Many reports from human rights defenders show that virtually all those arrested are, on his instruction, held incommunicado without access to their lawyer or families, and without charge, for varying lengths of time, often in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance. Their families are often not notified of the arrest. Other information: Former director of Tehran Football Club “Persepolis” Modifications: Amended on 2 May 2017, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13317 Foreign identifier: 53. Name: Tala Hossein

Good quality a.k.a.: Tala Hosseyn

Justification: Mayor of Eslamshahr. Former Iranian MP. Former Governor-General (“Farmandar”) of Tehran Province until Sep 2010, he was responsible for the intervention of police forces and therefore for the repression of demonstrations. He received a prize in Dec 2010 for his role in the post-election repression. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 2 May 2017, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13322 Foreign identifier: 54. Name: Tamaddon Morteza

DOB: 1959 POB: Shahr Kord-Isfahan Good quality a.k.a.: Tamadon Morteza Justification: Former Head of Tehran provincial Public Security Council. Former IRGC Governor-General of Tehran Province. In his capacity as governor and head of Tehran provincial Public Security Council, he bears overall responsibility for all repressive activities undertaken by the IRGC in Tehran province, including cracking down on political protests since Jun 20092009. Currently board member at Khajeh Nasireddin Tusi University of Technology. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13330 Foreign identifier: 55. Name: Zebhi Hossein

Justification: Judge of the Supreme Court. Former Deputy to the Prosecutor General of Iran. He is in charge of several judicial cases linked to the post-elections protests. Modifications: Amended on 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13346 Foreign identifier: 59. Name: Bakhtiari Seyyed Morteza

DOB: 1952 POB: Mashad, Iran

Justification: Deputy custodian of Imam Reza shrine. Former Official of the Special Clerical Tribunal. Former Minister of Justice from 2009 to 2013. During his time as Minister of Justice, prison conditions within Iran fell well below accepted international standards, and there was widespread mistreatment of prisoners. In addition, he played a key role in threatening and harassing the Iranian diaspora by announcing the establishment of a special court to deal specifically with Iranians who live outside the country. He also oversaw a sharp increase in the number of executions in Iran, including secret executions not announced by the government, and executions for drug-related offences. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 18 May 2016, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13352 Foreign identifier: 60. Name: Hosseini Mohammad

Title: Dr DOB: 1961 POB: Rafsanjan, Kerman Good quality a.k.a.: a) Hosseyni Seyyed Mohammad b) Seyed c) Sayyed d) Sayyid

Justification: Advisor to Former President and current member of the Expediency Council Mahmoud AhmadinejadAhmadinejad and spokesperson for YEKTA hardline political faction. Former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance (2009-2013). Ex-IRGC, he was complicit in the repression of journalists. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13407 Foreign identifier: 69. Name: Mortazavi Seyyed Solat

DOB: 1967 POB: Farsan, Tchar Mahal-o-Bakhtiari (South), Iran

Justification: MayorFormer mayor of the second largest city of Iran, Mashad, where public executions regularly happen. Former Deputy Interior Minister for Political Affairs. He was responsible for directing repression of persons who spoke up in defence of their legitimate rights, including freedom of expression. Later appointed as Head of the Iranian Election Committee for the parliamentarian elections in 2012 and for the presidential elections in 2013. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 18 May 2016, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13426 Foreign identifier: 73. Name: Fahradi Ali

Justification: Deputy head of Inspectorate of Legal Affairs and Public Inspection of the Ministry of Justice of Tehran. ProsecutorFormer prosecutor of Karaj. Responsible for grave violations of human rights, including prosecuting trials in which the death penalty is passed. There have been a high number of executions in Karaj region during his time as prosecutor. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 18 May 2016, 2 May 2017, 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 80-13434 Foreign identifier: 75. Name: Ramezani GholamhoseinGholamhossein Justification: SecuritySince 2011 Chief atof the Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence. Former ChiefDefence; from Nov 2009 to Mar 2011: Commander of Protection and Security atIntelligence of the IRGC untilPasdaran; from Mar 2012. Ex-Commander2008 to Nov 2009: Deputy Commander of Intelligence of the Pasdaran; from Apr 2006 to Mar 2008: Head of IRGCProtection and Intelligence until Oct 2009of the Pasdaran. Involved in the suppression of freedom of expression, including by being associated with those responsible for the arrests of bloggers/journalists in 2004, and reported to have had a role in the suppression of the post-election protests in 2009. Modifications: Amended on 12 May 2015, 24 Apr 2018

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