August 25, 2020: State Department designates assassination plotters under Section 7031(c)
On August 21, the U.S. Department of State announced visa restrictions on 14 Iranian individuals for their involvement in gross violations of human rights on behalf of the Iranian regime, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. This action was taken pursuant to Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, FY 2020, making ineligible for entry into the United States officials of foreign governments and their immediate family members about whom the Secretary of State has credible information of involvement in a gross violation of human rights. This action includes visa restrictions on 13 officials involved in a brutal and intricately planned assassination carried out in Switzerland in 1990 as part of Iran’s ongoing worldwide campaign of violence and terrorism. These 13 individuals, who posed as Iranian diplomats, were acting under the highest orders of their government to silence opposition and show that no one is safe from the Iranian regime, no matter where they live. Below is a list of their names:
Ali Reza Bayani Hamadani
Mohammad Reza Jazayeri
Moshen Sharif Esfahani
Mohammad Said Rezvani
In addition, the Department of State publicly designated Hojatollah Khodaei Souri, the director of Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, under 7031(c), rendering him ineligible for entry into the United States. Souri oversaw an institution synonymous with torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.
For further information, please contact PAPressDuty@State.gov.
Quick commentary: seems like the right action. This appears to be separate from what drives the Iranian sanctions program (although one could argue for Global Magnitsky designations) – the chances that you’d see any assets of these folks to freeze are minuscule…
State Department Press Release
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