July 18, 2019: SECO updates Syria sanctions

Updated sanction message

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research WBF has published an amendment to Annex 7 of the Ordinance of 8 June 2012 on Measures against Syria (SR 946.231.172.7).

On 15 July 2019, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research WBF amended the list of persons, companies and organizations sanctioned in this context. The change is directly applicable in Switzerland. On 17 July 2019, the WBF adapted the sanction database SESAM (SECO Sanctions Management), which is relevant for Switzerland, and published the adaptation on its website . The change will take effect on 17 July 2019 at 18.00.

Financial Intermediaries are requested to immediately block the relevant assets and to report such business relationships to SECO in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation. Notification to SECO does not release a financial intermediary from reimbursing reports to the Money Laundering Reporting Office without delay if the requirements are fulfilled, in accordance with Art. 9 of the Money Laundering Act.

Last Thursday, Swiss officials added the following persons:

SSID: 200-40010 Name: Anas Talas

DOB: 25 Mar 1971 Good quality a.k.a.: Talous (Tals, Tuls, Tlass) Nationality: Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria, with interests and activities in multiple sectors of Syria’s economy. Through his business activities and investments, Anas Talas also benefits from and/or supports the Syrian regime. In 2018 the Talas Group, chaired by Anas Talas, entered into a SYP 23 billion joint venture with Damascus Cham Holding for the construction of Marota City, a regime-backed luxury residential and commercial development. Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: Chairman of the Talas Group Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40019 Name: Nazir Ahmad JamalEddine

DOB: 1962 Good quality a.k.a.: Mohammed Nationality: Syrian Arab Republic Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria with significant investments in the construction industry, including a controlling 90 % stake in Apex Development and Projects LLC, which has entered into a USD 34,8 million joint venture for the construction of Marota City, a regime-backed luxury residential and commercial development. Through his participation in the Marota City development, Nazir Ahmad JamalEddine benefits from and/or supports the Syrian regime. Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: Cofounder and majority shareholder of Apex Development and Projects LLC and founder of A’ayan Company for Projects and Equipment Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40028 Name: Mazin Al-Tarazi

DOB: Sep 1962 Good quality a.k.a.: Mazen Nationality: Syrian Arab Republic Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria, with significant investments in the construction and aviation sectors. Through his investments and activities, Mazin Al-Tarazi benefits from and/or supports the Syrian regime. In particular, Al-Tarazi has concluded a deal with Damascus Cham Holdings for a USD 320 million investment in the construction of Marota City, a regime-backed luxury residential and commercial development; he has also been granted a licence for a private airline in Syria. Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: Businessperson Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40037 Name: Samer Foz

DOB: May 1973 POB: Latakia, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Samir b) Zuhair c) Fawz Nationality: a) Syrian Arab Republic b) Turkey

Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria, with interests and activities in multiple sectors of Syria’s economy, including a regime-backed joint venture involved in the development of Marota City, a luxury residential and commercial development. Samer Foz provides financial and other support to the regime, including funding the Military Security Shield Forces in Syria and brokering grain deals. He also benefits financially from access to commercial opportunities through the wheat trade and reconstruction projects as a result of his links to the regime. Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: CEO of Aman Group c) Executive President of Aman Group. Subsidiaries: Foz for Trading, Al-Mohaimen for Transportation & Contracting. Aman Group is the private sector partner in Joint Venture Aman Damascus JSC with Damascus Cham Holding, in which Foz is an individual shareholder. Emmar Industries is a joint venture between Aman Group and the Hamisho Group, in which Foz has the majority stake and is the Chairman. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40051 Name: Khaldoun Al-Zoubi

DOB: 1979 Good quality a.k.a.: a) Khaldoon b) al-Zu’bi (Zubi) Nationality: Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria, with interests and activities in multiple sectors of Syria’s economy; including his roles as Vice President of Aman Holding and majority shareholder of Fly Aman airline. In this capacity, he is linked to Samer Foz. Aman Holding is represented on the board of, and holds a majority stake in, ‘Aman Damascus’, a joint venture in the construction of Marota City, a regime-backed luxury residential and commercial development. Al-Zoubi benefits from and/or supports the regime through his position as Vice President of Aman Holding. Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: Vice-president of Aman Holding (a.k.a. Aman Group) Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40061 Name: Hussam Al-Qatirji

DOB: 1982 POB: Raqqa, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Hossam b) Ahmed c) Mohammed (Muhammad) d) al-Katerji Nationality: Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria, who is also a Member of Parliament for Aleppo. Al-Qatirji supports and benefits from the regime through enabling, and profiting from, trade deals with the regime in relation to oil and wheat. Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: CEO of Katerji Group (a.k.a. al-Qatirji Company/Qatirji Company/Khatirji Group/Katerji International Group) Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40074 Name: Bashar Mohammad Assi

DOB: 1977 Nationality: Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria, with interests and activities in multiple sectors of Syria’s economy, including his roles as founding partner of Fly Aman airline and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ‘Aman Damascus’; a joint venture involved in the development of Marota City, a regime-backed luxury residential and commercial development. Assi benefits from and/or supports the regime through his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ‘Aman Damascus’. Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors of ‘Aman Damascus’. Founding partner of Fly Aman Limited Liability airline. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40082 Name: Khaled al-Zubaidi

Good quality a.k.a.: a) Khalid b) Mohammed c) Bassam d) Zubaidi (Zubedi, al-Zubedi) Nationality: Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria, with significant investments in the construction industry, including a 50 % stake in Zubaidi and Qalei LLC, which is constructing the luxury tourist city Grand Town and to which the regime has granted a 45-year agreement in return for 19-21 % of its revenue. In this capacity he is linked to Nader Qalei. Khaled al- Zubaidi benefits from and/or supports the regime through his business activities, in particular through this stake in the Grand Town development. Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: Co-owner of Zubaidi and Qalei LLC, Director of Agar Investment Company, General Manager of Al Zubaidi company and Al Zubaidi & Al Taweet Contracting Company, Director and Owner of Zubaidi Development Company, and co-owner of Enjaz Investment Company. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40093 Name: Hayan Mohammad Nazem Qaddour

DOB: 1970 Good quality a.k.a.: a) Hayyan b) bin Mohammed (Mohammed) c) Kaddour Nationality: a) Syrian Arab Republic b) Switzerland Identification document: Passport No. X4662433, Switzerland, Date of issue: 20 Sep 2010, Expiry date: 19 Sep 2020 Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria, who holds a 67 % stake in Exceed Development and Investment, which has entered into a USD 17,7 million joint venture for the construction of Marota City, a regime-backed luxury residential and commercial development. Through his participation in the Marota City development, Hayan Mohammad Nazem Qaddour benefits from and/or supports the Syrian regime. Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: Primary Shareholder of Exceed Development and Investment Company c) NOT SUBJECT TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ACCORDING TO ARTICLE 17(1) Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40104 Name: Maen Rizk Allah Haykal

Good quality a.k.a.: a) Heikal b) Heikal Bin Rizkallah Nationality: Syrian Arab Republic Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria, who holds a 33 % stake in Exceed Development and Investment, which has entered into a USD 17,7 million joint venture for the construction of Marota City, a regime-backed luxury residential and commercial development. Through the participation in the Marota City development, Maen Rizk Allah Haykal benefits from and/or supports the Syrian regime. Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: Secondary Shareholder of Exceed Development and Investment Company Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40113 Name: Nader Qalei

DOB: 9 Jul 1965 POB: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: Kalai (Kalei) Address: Young Avenue, Halifax, Canada Nationality: Syrian Arab Republic Identification document: a) Passport No. N 010170320, Syrian Arab Republic, Date of issue: 24 May 2015, Expiry date: 23 May 2021 (Issue number: 002-15-L062672) b) ID card No. 010- 40036453, Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria, with significant investments in the construction industry, including a 50 % stake in Zubaidi and Qalei LLC, which is constructing the luxury tourist city Grand Town and to which the regime has granted a 45-year agreement in return for 19-21 % of its revenue. In this capacity, he is linked to Khaled al-Zubaidi. Nader Qalei benefits from and/or supports the regime through his business activities, in particular through this stake in the Grand Town development. Relation: Associated with Khaled al- Zubaidi (SSID 200-40082) Other information: a) Gender: male b) Position: Majority shareholder of Castle Investment Holding, Co-owner of Zubaidi and Qalei LLC, Chairman of Kalai Industries Management Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40320 Name: al-Rahmoun Mohammad Khaled

Sex: M Title: Major General DOB: 1957 POB: Idleb

Justification: Minister of Interior. Appointed in Nov 2018. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40326 Name: Martini Mohammad Rami Radwan

Sex: M DOB: 1970 POB: Aleppo

Justification: Minister of Tourism. Appointed in Nov 2018. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40333 Name: al-Azab Imad Muwaffaq

Sex: M DOB: 1970 POB: Damascus Countryside

Justification: Minister of Education. Appointed in Nov 2018. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40340 Name: Ibrahim Bassam Bashir

Sex: M DOB: 1960 POB: Hama

Justification: Minister of Higher Education. Appointed in Nov 2018. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40346 Name: Abdullatif Suhail Mohammad

Sex: M DOB: 1961 POB: Lattakia

Justification: Minister of Public Works and Housing. Appointed in Nov 2018. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40353 Name: al-Khatib Iyad Mohammad

Sex: M DOB: 1974 POB: Damascus

Justification: Minister of Communications and Technology. Appointed in Nov 2018. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40359 Name: Zein-al-Abidin Jazba Mohammad Maen

Sex: M DOB: 1962 POB: Aleppo

Justification: Minister of Industry. Appointed in Nov 2018. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

and entities:

SSID: 200-40130 Name: Rawafed Damascus Private Joint Stock Company

Good quality a.k.a.: Rawafid Damascus Private Joint Stock Company (Rawafed (Tributary) Damascus Private Joint Stock Company) Address: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Justification: Rawafed Damascus Private Joint Stock Company is a USD 48,3 million joint venture between Damascus Cham Holdings, Ramak Development and Humanitarian Projects, Al-Ammar LLC, Timeet Trading LLC (also referred to as Ultimate Trading Co. Ltd.), and Wings Private JSC. Rawafed supports and/or benefits from the Syrian regime, including through its participation in the regime-backed luxury development Marota City. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40136 Name: Aman Damascus Joint Stock Company

Good quality a.k.a.: Aman Damascus JSC Address: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Justification: Aman Damascus Joint Stock Company is a USD 18,9 million joint venture between Damascus Cham Holdings and Aman Group. Through its participation in the regime-backed luxury development Marota City, Aman Damascus supports and/or benefits from the Syrian regime. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40142 Name: Bunyan Damascus Private Joint Stock Company

Good quality a.k.a.: Bunyan Damascus Private JSC Address: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Bunyan Damascus Private Joint Stock Company is a USD 34,8 million joint venture between Damascus Cham Holdings and Apex Development and Projects LLC and Tamayoz LLC. Through its participation in the regime-backed luxury development Marota City, Bunyan Damascus Private Joint Stock Company supports and/or benefits from the Syrian regime. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40148 Name: Mirza

Address: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Mirza is a USD 52,7 million joint venture between Damascus Cham Holding and Talas Group. Through its participation in the regime-backed luxury development Marota City, Mirza supports and/or benefits from the Syrian regime. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-40153 Name: Developers Private Joint Stock Company

Good quality a.k.a.: Developers Private JSC Address: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Justification: Developers Private Joint Stock Company is a USD 17,7 million joint venture between Damascus Cham Holdings and Exceed Development and Investment. Through its participation in the regime-backed luxury development Marota City, Developers Private Joint Stock Company supports and/or benefits from the Syrian regime. Modifications: Listed on 17 Jul 2019

to its Syria sanctions program.

In addition, the following individual listings:

SSID: 200-11641 Name: Mohammad Ibrahim Al-Sha’ar

Sex: M DOB: 1956 POB: Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Mohamed (Muhammad, Mohammed) b) Al-Chaar (Al-Shaar)

Justification: Former Minister of the Interior in power after May 2011Interior. As a former Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression ofagainst the Syrian peoplecivilian population. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 11 Oct 2016, 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-22439 Name: Ali HeidarHadar

Sex: M Title: Dr. Good quality a.k.a.: Haidar (Heydar, Haydar)

Justification: Head of the National Reconciliation Agency and former State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs. As a former Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’sregime’s violent repression against the civilian population. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-28046 Name: Bishr Riyad Yazigi

Sex: M DOB: 1972

Justification: Tourism MinisterFormer Minister of Tourism. As a former Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression against the civilian population. Modifications: Listed on 5 Aug 2014, amended on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-28055 Name: Hussein Arnous

Sex: M DOB: 1953 Good quality a.k.a.: Arnus

Justification: Public WorksWater Resources Minister. As a Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression against the civilian population. Modifications: Listed on 5 Aug 2014, amended on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-29846 Name: Mohammad Walid Ghazal

Sex: M DOB: 1951 POB: Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Former Minister of Housing and Urban Development since 27 Aug 2014Development. As a former Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression against the civilian population. Modifications: Listed on 17 Dec 2014, amended on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-35212 Name: al-Sabban Bishr

Sex: M Good quality a.k.a.: a) MohammedAl-Sabban Mohammed Bishr b) Al-Sabban Bishr Mazin

Justification: Former Governor of Damascus, who iswas appointed by, and is associated with, Bashar al-Assad. Supports the regime and is responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria, including engaging in discriminatory practices against Sunni communities within the capital. Relation: Associated with and was appointed by Bashar Al-Assad (SSID 200-11614) Modifications: Listed on 8 Nov 2016, amended on 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-35622 Name: Naddaf Atef

Sex: M DOB: 1956 POB: Damascus Countryside, Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: a) Higher Education MinisterMinister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection. Appointed in Nov 2018. b) Appointed in July 2016. Modifications: Listed on 9 Dec 2016, amended on 16 Jun 2017, 17 Jul 2019

SSID: 200-35639 Name: Al-Zafir Ali

Sex: M DOB: 1962 POB: Tartous, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: al-Dafeer Justification: a) Former Minister of Communications and Technology MinisterTechnology. As a former Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression against the civilian population. b) Appointed in July 2016. Modifications: Listed on 9 Dec 2016, amended on 16 Jun 2017, 17 Jul 2019

and entity listings:

SSID: 200-22985 Name: Commercial Bank of Syria

Address: a) Moawiya St., P.O.Box 2231, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic (Damascus Branch) b) Yousef Azmeh Square, P.O.Box 933, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic (Damascus Branch) c) Kastel Hajjarin St., P.O.Box 2, Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic (Aleppo Branch)

Justification: State-owned bank providing financial support to the regime. Other information: a) SWIFT/BIC: CMSY SYDACMSYSYDA, all offices worldwide [NPWMD]. b) Tel.: +963 11 221 8890, Fax: +963 11 221 6975, E-Mail General management: dir.cbs@mail.sy, Website: http://cbs-bank.sy/En-index.php. Modifications: Amended on 19 Jan 2016, 17 Jul 2019

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