November 19, 2018: The world sanctions Badi Salah…

On Monday, Swiss authorities added: 

SSID: 130-39809 Name: Badi Salah

Justification: Senior commander of the armed anti-GNA Al-Somood front, also known as Fakhr or ‘Pride of Libya’, and the Misratan Al Marsa Central Shield brigade. Modifications: Listed on 16 Nov 2018

to their Libya sanctions list. And, because of the way the Libya program has 2 subparts to it, he is also listed as SSDID 130-39805.

Also, Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT), under the United Nations and European Union Financial Sanctions (Linking) Regulations, added him, too – here’s their listing:

SALAH Badi

Position: Senior commander of the armed anti-GNA Al-Somood front, also known as Fakhr or ‘Pride of Libya’, and the Misratan Al Marsa Central Shield

brigade Other Information: UN Ref LYi.28. (Listing to be treated as temporary for 30 days from the date of listing by the UN or until the EU adds the new listing to an existing sanctions regulation (whichever is sooner) in accordance with Policing and Crime Act 2017). Listed on: 19/11/2018 Last Updated: 19/11/2018 Group ID: 13719.

OFAC, too – althrough they also had a DPRK designation in the same release):

BADI, Salah (a.k.a. BADI, Omal Salem Salah; a.k.a. BADI, Saladin; a.k.a. BADI, Salah Edine Omar; a.k.a. BADI, Salahdin; a.k.a. BADI, Salah-Eddin; a.k.a. BADI, Salahidin), Tripoli, Libya; DOB 23 May 1957; POB Misrata, Libya; nationality Libya; Gender Male (individual) [LIBYA3].

And, for good measure, here is the UN listing:

LYi.28 Name: 1: Salah 2: Badi 3: na 4: na
Title: na Designation: Senior commander of the armed anti-GNA Al-Somood front, also known as Fakhr or ‘Pride of Libya’, and the Misratan Al Marsa Central Shield brigade DOB: na POB: na Good quality a.k.a.: na Low quality a.k.a.: na Nationality: naPassport no: na National identification no: na Address: na Listed on: 16 Nov. 2018 Other information: Listed pursuant to paragraphs 15 and 17 of resolution 1970 (Travel Ban, Asset Freeze).

Note: For some reason, HMT supplied the URL of the French version of the UN press release. For completeness and clarity, I’ve provided both (notice the “/en” and the “/fr” in the URLs).

And the US State Department issued a press release:

Media Note
 
 

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 19, 2018

 

Today, the United States, in coordination with the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee, imposed financial sanctions on Libyan militia leader Salah Badi (Badi). In accordance with the UN listing, which the United States, United Kingdom, and France co-sponsored, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated Badi pursuant to Executive Order 13726. Consequently, all of Badi’s assets within U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him. In addition, the corresponding UN sanctions require all UN Member States to impose an asset freeze and travel ban.

In August 2018, Badi ordered action against rival militias aligned with the Government of National Accord, exacerbating instability in Tripoli. Since 2014, Badi has played a critical role in undermining Libyan peace, security, and stability. In addition, forces under Badi’s command have used Grad rockets in highly populated areas, causing indiscriminate destruction and casualties, including emergency responders and ambulance workers.

Today’s action shows that the United States and the international community will take concrete and forceful action in response to those who undermine Libya’s peace, security, or stability.

As did Treasury:

Treasury Sanctions Militia Leader Responsible for Multiple Attacks on Libyan Capital

 
November 19, 2018

Action Taken Concurrently with the UN Security Council

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), concurrent with the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee, took action today targeting Salah Badi (Badi), the leader of the Sumud Brigade militia that has sparked violent clashes in the south of Libya’s capital, Tripoli.  Upon entering Tripoli in late August 2018, Badi also called for support from other militias to attack the city, plunging it into turmoil.  The Sumud Brigade has waged attacks against rival militias aligned with the Government of National Accord, through which Badi has undermined the peace, security, and stability of Libya.

“Salah Badi’s prolonged militia attacks on Libya’s capital have devastated the city and disrupted the peace,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “Treasury is targeting rogue actors in Libya who have contributed to chaos and turmoil that undermines the internationally recognized Government of National Accord.”

Today, OFAC designated Salah Badi pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13726, “Blocking Property and Suspending Entry Into the United States of Persons Contributing to the Situation in Libya,” for being the leader of an entity that has, or whose members have, engaged in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, or stability of Libya, including through the supply of arms or related materiel.

In September 2018, militia forces under Badi’s command battled rival militias, despite repeated calls from the UN for all sides to adhere to a ceasefire.  Among those killed in the fighting were members of the ambulance and emergency services in Tripoli.  Since the beginning of the clashes, Badi’s Sumud Brigade has used highly destructive Grad rockets in densely populated areas, adding to the devastation of the attacks.

Badi previously served in the former parliament in Tripoli, the General National Congress (GNC), and is renowned for having led fierce battles to keep the GNC in power beyond its mandate in 2014, during which Tripoli’s main international airport was nearly destroyed and suffered more than $2 billion in damage.  Badi’s critical role as a commander in the 2014 attacks, which the attackers dubbed Operation Libya Dawn, caused considerable material and institutional damage and led to massive population displacements.  As the situation escalated into open armed conflict, the Government of Libya was unable to function properly, the newly elected parliament left the capital, the UN evacuated, and most embassies closed, further exacerbating Libya’s vulnerability in the wake of the country’s 2011 revolution.

As a result of today’s actions, any property or interest in property of Badi within or transiting U.S. jurisdiction are blocked.  U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with blocked persons, including entities owned or controlled by designated persons.  Additionally, the corresponding UN sanctions obligate all UN Member States to impose an asset freeze and travel ban.

Whew! I am tired from all the sanctioning…

Links:

FINMA Notice

SECO Update data files – PDFXML

HMT Notice

UN Press Release – EnglishFrench

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

Treasury Department Press Release

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