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December 12, 2019: OFAC adds to Nicaragua sanctions

On Thursday, OFAC added the following person:

ORTEGA MURILLO, Rafael Antonio (a.k.a. “ORTEGA, Payo”), KM 13 Carretera Masaya, Managua, Nicaragua; DOB 09 Dec 1968; POB Managua, Nicaragua; nationality Nicaragua; Gender Male; Passport A00000204 (Nicaragua) issued 06 Aug 2012 expires 06 Aug 2022; National ID No. 0010912680053D (Nicaragua) (individual) [NICARAGUA]. 

and entities:

DISTRIBUIDORA NICARAGUENSE DE PETROLEO, S.A. (a.k.a. DNP PETRONIC; a.k.a. DNP-PETRONIC; a.k.a. NICARAGUAN PETROLEUM DISTRIBUTOR; a.k.a. “DNP”; a.k.a. “DNP S.A.”), Ofiplaza El Retiro Edificio 8, Segundo Piso, Managua, Nicaragua; Rotonda El Gueguense 2, Managua, Nicaragua; Website http://www.dnppetronic.com.ni; Email Address dnp@dnp.com.ni; RUC # J0310000005010 (Nicaragua) [NICARAGUA]. 
 
INVERSIONES ZANZIBAR SOCIEDAD ANONIMA (a.k.a. INVERSIONES ZANZIBAR), De la Estatua Montoya 2 Cuadras Arriba 1/2 Cuadras al Sur, Managua, Nicaragua; RUC # J0310000146314 (Nicaragua) [NICARAGUA]. 
 
SERVICIO DE PROTECCION Y VIGILANCIA S.A. (a.k.a. “EL GOLIAT”), De Los Semaforos De Seminole, 3 Cuadras al Sur, 2 Cuadras Arriba, 1 Cuadra al Sur, Casa #326, Managua, Nicaragua; Website http://www.elgoliat.com.ni/; Email Address ventas1@elgoliat.com.ni; alt. Email Address facturacion@elgoliat.com.ni; RUC # J0310000119627 (Nicaragua) [NICARAGUA]. 

to its Nicaragua-related sanctions program.

And the State Department issued a press release:

The United States Takes Action Against the Ortega Regime in Nicaragua

Today, the United States announces new financial sanctions against Daniel Ortega’s son Rafael Ortega and three Nicaraguan companies.  This new action furthers the United States’ unwavering commitment to use all economic and diplomatic tools to hold the government of Daniel Ortega accountable for acts of corruption and unconscionable human rights violations, and to support the Nicaraguan people’s struggle for a return to democracy.

Today’s action, pursuant to Executive Order 13851 (“Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua”), freezes their U.S. assets and more generally prohibits U.S. persons from conducting transactions with Rafael Ortega, Inversiones Zanzibar, Servicio De Proteccion Y Vigilancia, and DNP.  Rafael Ortega is a key money manager for the Ortega family, working alongside the previously sanctioned Vice President of Nicaragua and First Lady Rosario Murillo.  Rafael Ortega uses at least two companies under his control, Inversiones Zanzibar, S.A and Servicio De Proteccion Y Vigilancia, S.A., to generate profits, launder money, and gain preferential access to markets for the Ortega regime.  He uses Inversiones Zanzibar to obscure the transfer of profits from Distribuidor Nicaraguense de Petroleo, also designated today, and as a front company to procure fuel stations in an attempt to obscure DNP’s ownership of such fuel stations.  Servicio De Proteccion Y Vigilancia is a security firm which has received millions in Nicaraguan government contracts.  DNP is a chain of gas stations controlled by the Ortega family.  DNP was purchased with public money and then transferred to the Ortega family, and it benefits from non-competitive contracts with government institutions.

The United States urges the Ortega regime to resume dialogue with the opposition and restore democracy in the country, thereby fulfilling its obligations under the Inter-American Democratic Charter.  Nicaragua’s painful political crisis can only be resolved through free and fair elections that credibly reflect the will of the Nicaraguan people and with full respect for their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Links:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

Categories: Nicaragua sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists

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