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OFAC adds some Lebanese to counter-terror list, update one Venezuela listing

Earlier today, OFAC added the following 2 people:

FINYANUS, Yusuf (Arabic: يوسف فنيانوس) (a.k.a. FENIANOS, Youssef; a.k.a. FENYANUS, Joseph; a.k.a. FINIANOS, Joseph; a.k.a. FINIANOS, Yusif), Lebanon; DOB 01 Jan 1964 to 31 Dec 1964; POB Zgharta, Lebanon; citizen Lebanon; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT]. 
 
KHALIL, Ali Hassan (Arabic: علي حسن خليل), Bir Hasan, Lebanon; DOB 15 Jul 1964; POB Khiyam, Lebanon; citizen Lebanon; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT]. 

to its counter terrorism sanctions, and updated the following Venezuela sanctions designation:

MUNOZ PEDROZA, Reinaldo Enrique, C. Gil Fortoul, Centauro A, 5-D, Santa Monica, Caracas, Distrito Capital 1040, Venezuela; DOB 28 Nov 1971; POB Caracas, Venezuela; nationality Venezuela; Gender Male; Cedula No. V-10869246 (Venezuela); Passport 138050232 (Venezuela) expires 25 Jul 2021 (individual) [VENEZUELA]. -to- MUNOZ PEDROZA, Reinaldo Enrique, C. Gil Fortoul, Centauro A, 5-D, Santa Monica, Caracas, Distrito Capital 1040, Venezuela; DOB 28 Nov 1971; POB Caracas, Venezuela; nationality Venezuela; Gender Male; Cedula No. V-10869426 (Venezuela); Passport 138050232 (Venezuela) expires 25 Jul 2021 (individual) [VENEZUELA]. 

And the State Department had the following to say about the new designations:

For too long, Lebanon’s political leaders have ignored their responsibility to address the needs of their people and instead built a political system that serves their private interests.  The August 4 explosion at the Beirut port is the most recent and tragic demonstration of Lebanon’s dysfunctional political system, which has also enabled a terrorist group to hold the country’s governance hostage to its own agenda.  The United States supports the Lebanese people’s call for reform, and we will use all available authorities to promote accountability for Lebanese leaders who have failed their people.

Today, the United States is designating two former Lebanese ministers, Yusuf Finyanus and Ali Hassan Khalil, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 as amended for providing material support to Hizballah, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist.  While holding positions in previous Lebanese cabinets, Finyanus and Khalil directed political and economic favors to Hizballah, including ensuring Hizballah-owned companies won government contracts worth millions of dollars and moving money from government ministries to Hizballah-associated institutions.

Today’s designations demonstrate that Lebanese politicians who have provided a false veneer of political legitimacy to Hizballah or abused their positions to direct public funds to the terrorist group are as responsible for its entrenched influence as Hizballah’s own members or the corrupt businessmen and money launderers that have helped fund the group for decades.

Hizballah depends on Lebanon’s corrupt political system for survival.  Anyone helping to advance Hizballah’s political or economic interests is further eroding what remains of effective governance and facilitating financing for terrorism.  The Lebanese people deserve better, and the United States will continue to support their calls for an end to corruption and political stagnation.

Links:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

Categories: OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists Terrorism Venezuela sanctions

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