August 7, 2019: SECO amends Venezuela sanctions listings

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07 August 2019 

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The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has published an amendment to the Ordinance of 28 March 2018 on measures against Venezuela (SR 946.231.178.5).

By decision of 5 August 2019, the relevant EU Sanctions Committee amended the list of persons, companies and organizations sanctioned in this context. The change is directly applicable in Switzerland. On 7 August 2019, SECO therefore adjusted the Swiss sanctions database SESAM (SECO Sanctions Management), which was relevant for Switzerland, and published the adaptation on its website . This change will take effect 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 Law.

And here are the amended listings:

SSID: 290-38374 Name: Néstor Luis Reverol Torres

Sex: M DOB: 28 Oct 1964

Justification: Minister for Interior, Justice and Peace; former Commander General of the Bolivarian National Guard. Responsible for serious human rights violations and repression of the democratic opposition in Venezuela, including the prohibition and repression of political demonstrations. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-38379 Name: Gustavo Enrique González López

Sex: M DOB: 2 Nov 1960

Justification: Reappointed as Head of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN). ResponsibleSEBIN) on 30 Apr 2019. Formerly Security and Intelligence Adviser for the President’s office from 8 Jan 2019 to 30 Apr 2019 and Head of SEBIN until Oct 2018. As Head of SEBIN, responsible for serious human rights violations (including arbitrary detention, inhuman and degrading treatment, and torture) and repression of civil society and the democratic opposition in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-38384 Name: Tibisay Lucena Ramírez

Sex: W DOB: 26 Apr 1959

Justification: President of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral – CNE). Her actions and policies have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by facilitating the establishment of the Constituent Assembly by failing to ensure that the CNE remains an impartial and independent institution in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-38389 Name: Antonio José Benavides Torres

Sex: M DOB: 13 Jun 1961

Justification: Chief of the Capital District (Distrito Capital) GovernmentGovernment until Jan 2018. General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard until 21 Jun 2017. Involved in repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Venezuela, and responsible for serious human rights violations committed by the Bolivarian National Guard under his command. His actions and policies as General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard, including the Bolivarian National Guard taking the lead in the policing of civilian demonstrations and publicly advocating that military courts should have jurisdiction over civilians, have undermined the rule of law in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-38394 Name: Maikel José Moreno Pérez

Sex: M DOB: 12 Dec 1965

Justification: President, and former Vice President, of the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia). In these roles, he has supported and facilitated the Government’s actions and policies which have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, and is responsible for actions and statements that have usurped the authority of the National Assembly. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-38399 Name: Tarek William Saab Halabi

Sex: M DOB: 10 Sep 1963

Justification: Venezuelan Attorney General appointed by the Constituent Assembly. In this role and previous roles as Ombudsman and President of the Republican Moral Council, he has undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela by publicly supporting actions against opponents of the Government and the withdrawal of competences from the National Assembly. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-38404 Name: Diosdado Cabello Rondón

Sex: M DOB: 15 Apr 1963

Justification: President of the Constituent Assembly and First Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Involved in undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by using the media to publicly attack and threaten political opposition, other media and civil society. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 16 Nov 2018, 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39299 Name: Tareck Zaidan El-Aissami Maddah

Sex: M DOB: 12 Nov 1974

Justification: Vice President of Economy and Minister for National Industry and Production. As the former Vice President of Venezuela with oversight of the direction of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) Maddah is responsible for the serious human rights violations carried out by the organisation, including arbitrary detention, politically motivated investigations, inhumane and degrading treatment, and torture. He is also responsible for supporting and implementing policies and activities which undermine democracy and the rule of law, including the prohibition of public demonstrations, and heading President Maduro’s “anti-coup command” which has targeted civil society and the democratic opposition. Other information: Vice President of Economy and Minister for National Industry and Production. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39305 Name: Sergio José Rivero Marcano

Sex: M DOB: 8 Nov 1964

Justification: General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard until 16 JanuaryJan 2018. Involved in the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Venezuela, and responsible for serious human rights violations committed by the Bolivarian National Guard under his command, including the excessive use of force, and the arbitrary detention and abuse of civil society and opposition members. His actions and policies as General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard, including the Bolivarian National Guard assaulting members of the democratically elected National Assembly and intimidating journalists reporting on the fraudulent elections for the illegitimate Constituent Assembly, have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. Other information: Inspector General of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39311 Name: Jesús Rafael Suárez Chourio

Sex: M DOB: 19 Jul 1962

Justification: General Commander of the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Army and former Commander of Venezuela’s Comprehensive Defence Region of the Central Zone (REDI Central). Responsible for human rights violations by forces under his command, including the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees. Has targeted the democratic opposition and supported the use of military courts to try civilian protestors. Other information: General Commander of the Bolivarian Army. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39317 Name: Iván Hernández Dala

Sex: M DOB: 18 May 1966

Justification: Head of the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (DGCIM) since JanuaryJan 2014 and Head of the Presidential Guard since SeptemberSep 2015. As Head of the DGCIM, Iván Hernández Dala is responsible for serious human rights violations and the repression of civil society and democratic opposition committed by members of the DGCIM under his command, including excessive use of force and the ill-treatment of detainees. Other information: Head of Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39323 Name: Delcy Eloina Rodríguez Gómez

Sex: W DOB: 18 May 1969

Justification: Vice President of Venezuela, former President of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and former member of the Presidential Commission for the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly. Her actions on the Presidential Commission and then as President of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including usurping the powers of the National Assembly and using them to target the opposition and prevent them taking part in the political process. Other information: Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39329 Name: Elías José Jaua Milano

Sex: M DOB: 16 Dec 1969

Justification: Minister of Popular Power for Education. Former President of the Presidential Commission for the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly. Responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela through his role in leading the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly. Other information: Minister of Popular Power for Education. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39335 Name: Sandra Oblitas Ruzza

Sex: W DOB: 7 Jun 1969

Justification: Vice President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and President of the Commission of the Electoral and Civilian Register. Responsible for the CNE’s activities which have undermined democracy in Venezuela, including facilitating the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and manipulation of the electoral process. Other information: Vice President of National Electoral Council. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39341 Name: Freddy Alirio Bernal Rosales

Sex: M DOB: 16 Jun 1962

Justification: Head of the National Control Centre of the Committee for Local Supply and Production (CLAP) and Commissioner General of SEBIN. Responsible for undermining democracy through manipulation of CLAP programme distributions amongst voters. Additionally, as Commissioner General of SEBIN, he is responsible for SEBIN’s activities which include serious human rights violations such as arbitrary detention. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39346 Name: Katherine Nayarith Harrington Padrón

Sex: W DOB: 5 Dec 1971

Justification: Deputy Prosecutor General (also translated as Deputy Attorney General) since July 2017from Jul 2017 until Oct 2018. Appointed Deputy Prosecutor General by the Supreme Court in violation of the Constitution, rather than by the National Assembly. Responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by initiating politically-motivated prosecutions and failing to investigate allegations of human rights violations by the Maduro regime. Other information: Deputy Prosecutor General (also translated as Deputy Attorney General). Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39352 Name: Socorro Elizabeth Hernández Hernández

Sex: W DOB: 11 Mar 1952

Justification: Member (Rector) of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and member of the National Electoral Board (JNE). Responsible for the CNE’s activities which have undermined democracy in Venezuela, including facilitating the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and manipulation of the electoral process in relation to a cancelled presidential recall election in 2016, postponement of gubernatorial elections in 2016, and the relocation of polling stations at short notice before gubernatorial elections in 2017. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

SSID: 290-39357 Name: Xavier Antonio Moreno Reyes

Sex: M

Justification: Secretary-General of the National Electoral Council (CNE). Responsible for approving CNE decisions which have undermined democracy in Venezuela, including facilitating the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and manipulation of the electoral process. Other information: Secretary-General of the National Electoral Council. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019

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