July 5, 2018: OFAC adds 3 to Global Magnitsky sanctions

Last Thursday, OFAC added the following three persons: 

DIAZ, Francisco (a.k.a. DIAZ MADRIZ, Francisco Javier), Residencial Lomas del Valle, Casa U5, Managua, Nicaragua; DOB 03 Aug 1961; POB Chinandega, Nicaragua; nationality Nicaragua; Gender Male; National ID No. 0810308610000L (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
LOPEZ, Jose Francisco (a.k.a. LOPEZ CENTENO, Jose Francisco; a.k.a. “Chico”); DOB 17 Sep 1950; nationality Nicaragua; Gender Male; Passport C0915261 (Nicaragua) (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
MORENO, Fidel (a.k.a. MORENO BRIONES, Fidel Antonio), Managua, Nicaragua; DOB 26 Feb 1974; POB Nicaragua; nationality Nicaragua; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG]. 

to the SDN List under the Global Magnitsky human rights violations sanctions program.

And the Treasury Department issued the following press release:

Press Statement

Heather Nauert 
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 5, 2018

 

Today, the United States government sanctioned three individuals from Nicaragua who have been involved in serious human rights abuse or engaged in corruption. As a result of today’s actions, any property, or interest in property, of those designated within U.S. jurisdiction is blocked. Additionally, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with blocked persons, including entities owned or controlled by designated persons.

Under Francisco Javier Diaz Madriz’s command, Nicaragua’s National Police has engaged in serious human rights abuse against the people of Nicaragua. Fidel Antonio Moreno Briones has directed acts of violence committed by the Sandinista Youth and pro-government armed groups which have been implicated in numerous human rights abuses related to the ongoing protests against the Nicaraguan government. Jose Francisco Lopez Centeno is the Vice President of ALBANISA, the President of Petronic, and the Treasurer of the ruling FSLN party and has been accused of leveraging his position to his and his family’s benefit by using companies they own to win government contracts.

Today’s sanctions announcement, plus earlier and continuing visa revocations, shows the United States will expose and hold accountable those responsible for the Nicaraguan government’s ongoing violence and intimidation campaign against its people. These actions must end. We support the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua’s efforts to advance negotiations to resolve the crisis, and urge full implementation of the June 15 National Dialogue agreement on human rights as a critical component. The United States also supports calls for early, free, fair and transparent elections. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take additional actions as events warrant.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

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