June 26, 2018: EU, HMT add to Venezuela sanctions

On June 26th, Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) implemented Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2018/899 by adding the following persons: 

1. CHOURIO Jesus Rafael Suarez

DOB: 19/07/1962. Position: General Commander of the Bolivarian Army Other Information: Former Commander of Venezuela’s Comprehensive Defence Region of the Central Zone (REDI Central). Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13683.

2. DALA Ivan Hernandez

DOB: 18/05/1966. Position: Head of Directorate-General of Military Counter- Intelligence Other Information: Head of the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (DGCIM) since January 2014 and Head of the Presidential Guard since September 2015. Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13685.

3. GOMEZ Delcy Eloina Rodriguez

DOB: 18/05/1969. Position: Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Other Information: Vice President of Venezuela, former President of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and former member of the Presidential Commission for the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly. Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13687.

4. HERNANDEZ Socorro Elizabeth Hernandez

DOB: 11/03/1952 Other Information: Member (Rector) of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and member of the National Electoral Board (JNE). Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13695.

5. MADDAH Tareck Zaidan El-Aissami

DOB: 12/11/1974. Position: Vice President of Economy and Minister for National Industry and Production Other Information: Former Vice President of Venezuela with oversight of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN). Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13679.

6. MARCANO Sergio Jose Rivero

DOB: 08/11/1964. Position: Inspector General of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces Other Information: General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard until 16 January 2018. Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13680.

7. MILANO Elias Jose Jaua

DOB: 16/12/1969. Position: Minister of Popular Power for Education Other Information: Minister of Popular Power for Education. Former President of the Presidential Commission for the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly. Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13688.

8. PADRON Katherine Nayarith Harrington

DOB: 05/12/1971. Position: Deputy Prosecutor General (also translated as Deputy Attorney General) Other Information: Deputy Prosecutor General (also translated as Deputy Attorney General) since July 2017. Appointed Deputy Prosecutor General by the Supreme Court in violation of the Constitution, rather than by the National Assembly. Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13694.

9. REYES Xavier Antonio Moreno

Position: Secretary-General of the National Electoral Council Other Information: Secretary-General of the National Electoral Council (CNE). Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13696.

10. ROSALES Freddy Alirio Bernal

DOB: 16/06/1962. Other Information: Head of the National Control Centre of the Committee for Local Supply and Production (CLAP) and Commissioner General of SEBIN. Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13691.

11. RUZZA Sandra Oblitas

DOB: 07/06/1969. Position: Vice President of National Electoral Council Other Information: Vice President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and President of the Commission of the Electoral and Civilian Register. Listed on: 26/06/2018 Last Updated: 26/06/2018 Group ID: 13690.

to the Venezuela sanctions program. 

The EU issued the following press release the previous day:

 
 
 
 
 
 
Council of the European Union  
 
25/6/2018 | PRESS RELEASE
 

Venezuela: EU adds 11 officials to sanctions list

 

On 25 June 2018, the Council decided to put 11 individuals holding official positions under restrictive measures. The persons listed are responsible for human rights violations and for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. The measures include a travel ban and an asset freeze.

This decision is a direct follow-up to the Council conclusions adopted on 28 May 2018, which called for additional targeted and reversible restrictive measures that do not harm the Venezuelan population in response to the recent presidential elections held in Venezuela.

As indicated in the conclusions, the elections held in Venezuela on 20 May 2018 were neither free nor fair and their outcome lacked any credibility as the electoral process did not ensure the necessary guarantees for them to be inclusive and democratic. Against this background, the EU also called for the holding of fresh presidential elections in accordance with internationally recognised democratic standards and the Venezuelan constitutional order. On the same occasion, the EU also reiterated the need to respect all democratically elected institutions, notably the National Assembly, to release all political prisoners and to uphold democratic principles, rule of law and human rights. These remain essential points in light of which the EU will adapt its policy.

Today’s decision brings to 18 the total number of individuals under sanctions in view of the situation in Venezuela. The Council listed for the first time 7 Venezuelan officials involved in the non-respect of democratic principles or the rule of law as well as in the violation of human rights on 22 January 2018. The restrictive measures aim to help foster democratic shared solutions that can bring political stability to the country and allow it to address the pressing needs of the population.

The legal acts, including the names of those concerned, were published in the Official Journal on 25 June 2018.

Links:

HMT Notice

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2018/899

EU Press Release

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