SECO updates Syrian sanctions

Earlier today, Swiss authorities updated 54 individuals listed under the Syrian sanctions program and delisted the following persons:

SSID: 200-12029 Name: Fahid Al-Jassim

Title: Lieutenant General Good quality a.k.a.: Fahd

Justification: Chief of Staff. Military official involved in the violence in Homs. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, de-listed on 13 Aug 2019

SSID: 200-12084 Name: Ahmed Yousef Jarad

Title: Brigadier General Good quality a.k.a.: a) Ahmad b) Youssef c) Jarrad Justification: Ordered troops to shoot at protestors in Deraa, including the use of machine guns and anti-aircraft guns. Other information: Commander of 132nd Brigade. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, de-listed on 13 Aug 2019

SSID: 200-12129 Name: Mohsin Makhlouf

Title: Brigadier General

Justification: Gave orders to troops to shoot at protestors in Al-Herak. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, de-listed on 13 Aug 2019

SSID: 200-12142 Name: Suheil Salman Hassan

Title: Major General Good quality a.k.a.: Suhail

Justification: Gave orders to troops to shoot at the protesters in Deraa Governorate. Other information: Commander of 5th Division. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, de-listed on 13 Aug 2019

SSID: 200-22423 Name: Omran Ahed Al Zu’bi

DOB: 27 Sep 1959 POB: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: Al Zoubi (Al Zo’bi, Al Zou’bi)

Justification: Former Minister of Information in power after May 2011. As a former Government Minister, shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression against the civilian population. Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 19 Jan 2016, 16 Jun 2017, de- listed on 13 Aug 2019

SSID: 200-22447 Name: Mohammad Turki Al Sayed

Justification: Former Minister of Industry. As a former Government Minister shares responsibility for the regime’s violent repression against the civilian population.

Modifications: Amended on 6 Nov 2013, 23 Jun 2014, 19 Jan 2016, de-listed on 13 Aug 2019

SSID: 200-30629 Name: Wael Abdulkarim

DOB: 30 Sep 1973 POB: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: Al Karim Address: Al Karim for Trade and Industry, P.O.Box 111, Damascus, 5797, Syrian Arab Republic

Justification: Leading businessperson operating in Syria in the oil, chemicals and manufacturing industries. Specifically, he represents Abdulkarim Group, a.k.a Al Karim Group/Alkarim for Trade and Industry/Al Karim Trading and Industry/Al Karim for Trade and Industry. Abdulkarim Group is a leading manufacturer of lubricants, greases and industrial chemicals in Syria. Relation: Represents Abdulkarim Group (SSID 200-29931) Other information: POB: Damascus, Syria (of Palestinian origin) Modifications: Listed on 18 Mar 2015, amended on 3 Jun 2015, 19 Jan 2016, 10 Jun 2016, 11 Oct 2016, de-listed on 13 Aug 2019

SSID: 200-36669 Name: Isam Zahr Al-Din

Title: Brigadier General DOB: 1961 POB: Tarba, As-Suwayda province, Syrian Arab Republic Good quality a.k.a.: a) Issam (Essam) b) Zuhair (Zaher) c) Eldin (al-Deen) d) Isam Zohruddin e) Issam Zahruddin f) Issam Zahreddine g) Essam Zahruddin h) Nafed Assadllah

Justification: Holds the rank of Brigadier General, a senior officer in the Republican Guard, in post after May 2011. As a senior military officer he is responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population, including during the siege of Baba Amr in February 2012. Modifications: Listed on 3 Aug 2017, amended on 3 Oct 2017, de-listed on 13 Aug 2019

and entities:

SSID: 200-12600 Name: Drex Technologies Holding S.A.

Address: 17, rue Beaumont, Luxembourg, L-1219 (formerly established at this address) Justification: The beneficial owner of Drex Technologies Holding S.A. is Rami Makhlouf, already subject to sanctions for providing financial support to the Syrian regime. Relation: Beneficial owner is Rami Makhlouf (SSID 200-11672) Other information: Registered in Luxembourg under number B77616. Modifications: Amended on 19 Jan 2016, de-listed on 13 Aug 2019

SSID: 200-29931 Name: Abdulkarim Group

Good quality a.k.a.: a) Al Karim for Trade and Industry b) Al Karim Group Address: Damascus, 5797

Justification: Abdulkarim Group is an internationally recognised Syrian conglomerate that is associated with Wael Abdulkarim, who is listed as a leading businessperson operating in Syria. Relation: Associated with Wael Abdulkarim (SSID 200-30629) Modifications: Listed on 17 Dec 2014, amended on 20 Jul 2017, de-listed on 13 Aug 2019

SSID: 200-30737 Name: DK Group

Good quality a.k.a.: a) DK Group Sarl b) DK Middle East & Africa Regional Office Address: a) DK Middle East & Africa Regional Office, Peres Lazaristes Center, No. 3, 5th Floor, Emir Bachir Street, Beirut Central District, Bachoura Sector, Beirut, Lebanon b) Azarieh Building – Block 03, 5th Floor, Beirut, Lebanon c) Azarieh Street – Solidere – Downtown, P.O.Box 11-503, Beirut, Lebanon

Justification: a) DK Group supplies new banknotes to the Central Bank of Syria. b) DK Group therefore provides support to the regime. Due to this supply relationship, it is also associated with a designated entity, the Central Bank of Syria. Relation: Supplier Central Bank of Syria (SSID 200-12534, supplies new banknotes to the Central Bank of Syria) Modifications: Listed on 18 Mar 2015, amended on 19 Jan 2016, de-listed on 13 Aug 2019

Here is the FINMA Notice:

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 12 August 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. The WBF has therefore adjusted the Swiss sanctions database SESAM (SECO Sanctions Management), which is relevant for Switzerland, and published the adaptation on its website . The change will take effect on August 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

 

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.

Links:

FINMA Notice

Data files of updates – PDF, XML

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