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March 17, 2020: OFAC adds 1 to Syria list, amends 2, plus removes some from Global Magnitsky program, Syria program, FSE List

On Tuesday, OFAC added the following person to Syria sanctions program:

AYOUB, Ali Abdullah (Arabic: علي عبدالله أيوب); DOB 28 Apr 1952; POB Latakia, Syria; nationality Syria; Gender Male (individual) [SYRIA-EO13894].

and updated the following existing designations:

EZEGOO INVESTMENTS LTD, 1 Logothetou, Lemesos 4043, Cyprus; National ID No. C310521 (Cyprus) [SYRIA] (Linked To: IOANNOU, Ioannis; Linked To: KHURI, Mudalal; Linked To: NICOLAOU, Nicos; Linked To: PRIMAX BUSINESS CONSULTANTS LIMITED). -to- EZEGOO INVESTMENTS LTD, 1 Logothetou, Lemesos 4043, Cyprus; National ID No. C310521 (Cyprus) [SYRIA] (Linked To: KHURI, Mudalal; Linked To: NICOLAOU, Nicos; Linked To: PRIMAX BUSINESS CONSULTANTS LIMITED). 
 
NICOLAOU, Nicos; DOB 06 Apr 1965; POB Cyprus; nationality Cyprus (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: IOANNOU, Ioannis; Linked To: PIRUSETI ENTERPRISES LTD; Linked To: KHURI, Mudalal). -to- NICOLAOU, Nicos; DOB 06 Apr 1965; POB Cyprus; nationality Cyprus (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: PIRUSETI ENTERPRISES LTD; Linked To: KHURI, Mudalal). 

Additionally, the following were removed from the Global Magnitsky sanctions program:

INTERLOG DRC (a.k.a. INTERLOG S.P.R.L.; f.k.a. “BSD GROUP”; f.k.a. “BSD S.P.R.L.”), 532 Av. Chemin Public, Commune Annexe, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; 4013 Route Du Golf, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Route CDM, Industrial Zone, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Cassumbalessa Border, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Industrial Quarter, Lusaka, Zambia; National ID No. 6-71-N7269D (Congo, Democratic Republic of the) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: FLEURETTE PROPERTIES LIMITED). 
 
INTERLOG S.P.R.L. (a.k.a. INTERLOG DRC; f.k.a. “BSD GROUP”; f.k.a. “BSD S.P.R.L.”), 532 Av. Chemin Public, Commune Annexe, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; 4013 Route Du Golf, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Route CDM, Industrial Zone, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Cassumbalessa Border, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Industrial Quarter, Lusaka, Zambia; National ID No. 6-71-N7269D (Congo, Democratic Republic of the) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: FLEURETTE PROPERTIES LIMITED). 
 
“BSD GROUP” (a.k.a. INTERLOG DRC; a.k.a. INTERLOG S.P.R.L.; f.k.a. “BSD S.P.R.L.”), 532 Av. Chemin Public, Commune Annexe, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; 4013 Route Du Golf, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Route CDM, Industrial Zone, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Cassumbalessa Border, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Industrial Quarter, Lusaka, Zambia; National ID No. 6-71-N7269D (Congo, Democratic Republic of the) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: FLEURETTE PROPERTIES LIMITED). 
 
“BSD S.P.R.L.” (a.k.a. INTERLOG DRC; a.k.a. INTERLOG S.P.R.L.; f.k.a. “BSD GROUP”), 532 Av. Chemin Public, Commune Annexe, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; 4013 Route Du Golf, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Route CDM, Industrial Zone, Lubumbashi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Cassumbalessa Border, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Industrial Quarter, Lusaka, Zambia; National ID No. 6-71-N7269D (Congo, Democratic Republic of the) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: FLEURETTE PROPERTIES LIMITED).

and the Syria program:

IOANNOU, Ioannis; DOB 29 Nov 1954; POB Cyprus; nationality Cyprus; Passport E386670 (Cyprus); Identification Number 502128 (Cyprus) (individual) [SYRIA]. 
 
BLUEMARINE SA (a.k.a. BLUE MARINE SHIPPING AGENCY S.A.; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE AG; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE LTD), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA] [FSE-SY]. 
 
BLUE MARINE SHIPPING AGENCY S.A. (a.k.a. BLUEMARINE AG; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE LTD; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE SA), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA] [FSE-SY]. 
 
BLUEMARINE AG (a.k.a. BLUE MARINE SHIPPING AGENCY S.A.; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE LTD; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE SA), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA] [FSE-SY]. 
 
BLUEMARINE LTD (a.k.a. BLUE MARINE SHIPPING AGENCY S.A.; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE AG; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE SA), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA] [FSE-SY]. 
 
SKIRRON HOLDING SA (a.k.a. SKIRRON HOLDING AG), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA]. 
 
SKIRRON HOLDING AG (a.k.a. SKIRRON HOLDING SA), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA]. 
 
VAINSHTEIN, Arkadiy (a.k.a. VAINSHTEIN, Arkadiy Mikhailovich); DOB 30 Dec 1941; Supervisory Board Member, Tempbank (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: TEMPBANK). 
 
VAINSHTEIN, Arkadiy Mikhailovich (a.k.a. VAINSHTEIN, Arkadiy); DOB 30 Dec 1941; Supervisory Board Member, Tempbank (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: TEMPBANK).

and the Foreign Sanctions Evaders (FSE) List:

BLUEMARINE SA (a.k.a. BLUE MARINE SHIPPING AGENCY S.A.; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE AG; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE LTD), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA] [FSE-SY]. 
 
BLUE MARINE SHIPPING AGENCY S.A. (a.k.a. BLUEMARINE AG; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE LTD; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE SA), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA] [FSE-SY]. 
 
BLUEMARINE AG (a.k.a. BLUE MARINE SHIPPING AGENCY S.A.; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE LTD; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE SA), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA] [FSE-SY]. 
 
BLUEMARINE LTD (a.k.a. BLUE MARINE SHIPPING AGENCY S.A.; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE AG; a.k.a. BLUEMARINE SA), Lindenstrasse 2, Baar 6340, Switzerland [SYRIA] [FSE-SY].

And the State Department issued a press release about the new Syria designation:

Today, the United States is designating a senior Assad regime official who is responsible for the violence and the disastrous humanitarian crisis in northern Syria.  The Department of State is imposing sanctions under Executive Order 13894 on Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Ali Abdullah Ayoub for his deliberate actions since December 2019 to prevent a ceasefire from taking hold in northern Syria.  This obstruction resulted in almost a million people being displaced and in dire need of humanitarian aid in the midst of a cold winter in Idlib.  The Assad regime’s forces, backed by Russia, have been responsible for the continued bombardments that destroyed schools and hospitals and killed civilians, including medical professionals and first responders risking their lives to save others.

Executive Order 13894 targets those responsible for or complicit in, or having directly or indirectly engaged in, or attempted to engage in, or financed, the obstruction, disruption, or prevention of a ceasefire in northern Syria.

As a result of today’s sanction, all property and interests in property of Ayoub that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC.  Minister Ayoub is now barred from the U.S. financial system and listed on the Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons list (the SDN list).  In the future, any non-U.S. persons that engage in certain transactions with the designated person may themselves be exposed to sanctions under other Syria related authorities to include the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act.  Our sanctions will remain in place until the Syrian regime and Russia permanently and verifiably adhere to UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2254.

We stand on the side of the Syrian people.  While the Assad regime and its Iranian and Russian enablers continue their illusory quest for a military solution in Syria, we are committed to a peaceful political solution in line with UNSCR 2254.  We call on all parties to cease their destabilizing activities, agree to a nationwide ceasefire, and constructively participate in the political process.  If they do not, the alternative is clear: they will face increasing economic pressure and diplomatic isolation.

As we enter the tenth year of the Syrian conflict, the United States will continue to use all diplomatic and economic tools at our disposal to pressure the Assad regime and its backers, including Russia.  We will keep pressing until they come to the negotiating table and participate constructively in accordance with UNSCR 2254 in order to alleviate the suffering of Syrian people and meet their future aspirations.

Link:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

Categories: Foreign Sanctions Evaders (FSE) List Updates Global Magnitsky Sanctions Human Rights Sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists Syrian Sanctions

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