November 7, 2019: OFAC adds 3 to Nicaragua sanctions, 1 to counter terror program

On Thursday, OFAC added the following persons:

AVELLAN MEDAL, Ramon Antonio, Bello Horizonte 6TA Etapa Nl 4, Managua, Nicaragua; DOB 11 Nov 1954; POB Jinotepe, Nicaragua; nationality Nicaragua; Gender Male; Passport A0008696 (Nicaragua) issued 17 Oct 2011 expires 17 Oct 2021; National ID No. 0411111540000Q (Nicaragua) (individual) [NICARAGUA] [NICARAGUA-NHRAA]. 

 

CAMPBELL HOOKER, Lumberto Ignacio, Entrada Principal Los Robles, 1 Abajo 1 Al Sur Casa 23, Managua, Nicaragua; DOB 03 Feb 1949; POB Raas, Nicaragua; nationality Nicaragua; Gender Male; Passport A00001109 (Nicaragua) issued 13 Nov 2015 expires 13 Nov 2025; National ID No. 6010302490003J (Nicaragua) (individual) [NICARAGUA].

LOPEZ GOMEZ, Roberto Jose, Calle Real Xalteva, De La Iglesia De Xalteva 75 VRS Al Este, Granada, Nicaragua; DOB 07 Apr 1971; POB Granada, Nicaragua; nationality Nicaragua; Gender Male; National ID No. 2010704710008K (Nicaragua) (individual) [NICARAGUA]. 

to their Nicaragua sanctions, and the following person:

KOUFFA, Amadou (a.k.a. KOUFFA, Hamadou; a.k.a. KOUFFA, Hamadoun; a.k.a. “BARRY, Amadou”), Mali; DOB 1958; POB Mali; nationality Mali; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: JAMA’AT NUSRAT AL-ISLAM WAL-MUSLIMIN).

to the counter terrorism program.

And the State Department issued the following press release about the counter-terror designation:

The Department of State has designated Amadou Kouffa as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism. Today’s designation seeks to deny Kouffa the resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of his property and interests that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or hereafter come within the possession or control of U.S. persons, have been blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

Amadou Kouffa is a senior member in Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), an al-Qa’ida affiliate active in the Sahel region of Africa, which the Department of State designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and SDGT in September 2018. JNIM was formed in March 2017 and is led by Iyad ag Ghali, a designated SDGT.

JNIM has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks and kidnappings since March 2017, killing more than 500 civilians. These include the June 2017 attack at a resort frequented by Westerners outside of Bamako, Mali; several deadly attacks on Malian troops; and the large-scale coordinated attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on March 2, 2018. Earlier this year, Kouffa led an attack against the Malian army in which more than 20 soldiers were killed.

Today’s designation notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Amadou Kouffa has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism. Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate them, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and governments.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: https://www.state.gov/terrorist-designations-and-state-sponsors-of-terrorism/

Links:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

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