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OFAC sanctions corrupt Burmese family members & a terrorist & their related entities, and updates DRC and Global Magnitsky listings

Today, OFAC added the following persons:

MON, Khin Thiri Thet (a.k.a. MON, Daw Khin Thiri Thet), Burma; DOB 05 Dec 1981; nationality Burma; Gender Female; National ID No. 12/MABANA(N)093656 (Burma) (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

SONE, Aung Pyae (a.k.a. SONE, U Aung Pyae), Burma; DOB 24 Jun 1984; nationality Burma; Gender Male; National ID No. 12/SAKHANA(N)062210 (Burma) (individual) [BURMA-EO14014]. 

and their associated entities:

A & M MAHAR COMPANY LIMITED (a.k.a. A AND M MAHAR COMPANY LIMITED), Royal Sinmin Condo Room (1/D), First Floor,Tower-A, Ahlone Township, Yangon Region, Burma; Organization Established Date 16 Jan 2017; Registration Number 110364903 (Burma) issued 16 Jan 2017 [BURMA-EO14014].

EVERFIT COMPANY LIMITED, City Mall, Corner of Pyay Road And Min Ye Kyaw Swar Road, Level-3, Lan Ma Daw Township, Yangon, Burma; Registration Number 116795779 (Burma) issued 29 Feb 2016 [BURMA-EO14014].

SEVENTH SENSE COMPANY LIMITED (a.k.a. 7TH SENSE CREATION), Thu Khi Tar Street, No.3 Bauk Htaw (15) Quarter, Yankin Township, Yangon, Burma; Registration Number 119554144 (Burma) issued 03 Apr 2017 [BURMA-EO14014].

SKY ONE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED, Corner of Aung Chan Thar 2nd Street & Pearl Street No. 42, 1st Quarter, Kamaryut TSP, Yangon, Burma; Registration Number 111725152 (Burma) issued 09 Apr 2013 [BURMA-EO14014].

THE YANGON GALLERY (a.k.a. YANGON GALLERY), People’s Park Compound, Near Planetarium Museum, Ahlone Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Burma; People’s Park Compound, Near Planetarium Museum, Ahlon Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Burma; Phone Number 09 738 27777 [BURMA-EO14014].

THE YANGON RESTAURANT, People’s Park Compound, Near Planetarium Museum, Ahlone Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Burma; Email Address reservations@theyangonrestaurant.com; Phone Number 95 013 70177; Organization Type: Restaurants and mobile food service activities [BURMA-EO14014].

to the SDN List under the Burma-related sanctions program, and the following person:

HASSAN, Abu Yasir (a.k.a. “HASSAN, Yaseer”; a.k.a. “QASIM, Abu”), Pwani Region, Tanzania; Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique; DOB 1981 to 1983; nationality Tanzania; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT].

and entity:

ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA – MOZAMBIQUE (a.k.a. AHL AL-SUNNA WA AL-JAMAA; a.k.a. AL-SHABAAB IN MOZAMBIQUE; a.k.a. ANSAAR KALIMAT ALLAH; a.k.a. ANSAR AL-SUNNA; a.k.a. ISLAMIC STATE – MOZAMBIQUE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC STATE CENTRAL AFRICA PROVINCE; a.k.a. WILAYAH CENTRAL AFRICA; a.k.a. “ADHERENTS TO THE TRADITIONS AND THE COMMUNITY”; a.k.a. “HELPERS OF TRADITION”; a.k.a. “ISIS-MOZAMBIQUE”; a.k.a. “SUPPORTERS OF THE WORD OF ALLAH”), Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique; Tanzania [FTO] [SDGT].

under the counter terrorism sanctions programs.

Additionally, OFAC updated the following listings under the Democratic Republic of the Congo and counter terrorism programs:

ALLIED DEMOCRATIC FORCES (a.k.a. FORCES DEMOCRATIQUES ALLIEES-ARMEE NATIONALE DE LIBERATION DE L’OUGANDA; a.k.a. ISLAMIC ALLIANCE OF DEMOCRATIC FORCES; a.k.a. “ADF”; a.k.a. “ADF/NALU”), North Kivu Province, Congo, Democratic Republic of the [DRCONGO]. -to- ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (a.k.a. ALLIED DEMOCRATIC FORCES; a.k.a. CITY OF MONOTHEISM AND HOLY WARRIORS; a.k.a. FORCES DEMOCRATIQUES ALLIEES-ARMEE NATIONALE DE LIBERATION DE L’OUGANDA; a.k.a. ISIS-CENTRAL AFRICA; a.k.a. ISLAMIC ALLIANCE OF DEMOCRATIC FORCES; a.k.a. ISLAMIC STATE CENTRAL AFRICA PROVINCE; a.k.a. MADINA AT TAUHEED WAU MUJAHEDEEN; a.k.a. WILAYAH CENTRAL AFRICA; a.k.a. WILAYAH CENTRAL AFRICA MEDIA OFFICE; a.k.a. WILAYAT CENTRAL AFRICA; a.k.a. WILAYAT WASAT IFRIQIYAH; a.k.a. “ADF”; a.k.a. “ADF/NALU”; a.k.a. “ISIS-DRC”), North Kivu Province, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Rwenzori Region, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; South Kivu Province, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Uganda [FTO] [SDGT] [DRCONGO].

and Global Magnitsky and counter terrorism programs:

BALUKU, Musa (a.k.a. BALUKU, Seka; a.k.a. KAJUJU, Mzee), Congo, Democratic Republic of the; DOB 1976; alt. DOB 1975 to 1976; POB Kasese District, Rwenzururu Sub-Region, Western Uganda; nationality Uganda; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG]. -to- BALUKU, Seka Musa (a.k.a. BALUKU, Seka; a.k.a. KAJUJU, Mzee; a.k.a. “LUMONDE”; a.k.a. “LUMU”; a.k.a. “MAKUBA”), Congo, Democratic Republic of the; North Kivu Province, Congo, Democratic Republic of the; DOB 1976; alt. DOB 1975; POB Kasese District, Rwenzururu Sub-Region, Western Uganda; nationality Uganda; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT] [GLOMAG]. 

And Treasury:

PRESS RELEASES

United States Targets Family Members Profiting from Connection to Burmese Coup Leader

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned the two adult children of the commander-in-chief of the Burmese military forces, Min Aung Hlaing, who is the leading actor in the overthrow of Burma’s democratically elected government, as well as six companies of his two adult children.  Treasury took these actions in response to the Burmese military’s coup against the democratically elected civilian government of Burma and its brutal killing of peaceful protesters.  The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Burma, and we remain committed to promoting accountability for those responsible for the coup and ongoing violence.  The United States urges the immediate release of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, as well as all others unjustly detained since February 1, including members of civil society, journalists, and human rights activists.

“The indiscriminate violence by Burma’s security forces against peaceful protesters is unacceptable,” said Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control Andrea M. Gacki.  “The United States will continue to work with our international partners to press the Burmese military and police to cease all violence against peaceful protestors and to restore democracy and the rule of law in Burma.”

In today’s action, Treasury is designating Aung Pyae Sone and Khin Thiri Thet Mon pursuant to Executive Order 14014, “Blocking Property With Respect to the Situation in Burma,” for being foreign persons who are spouses or adult children of a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to E.O. 14014.  Aung Pyae Sone and Khin Thiri Thet Mon are adult children of the commander-in-chief of the Burmese military forces, Min Aung Hlaing, whom OFAC designated on February 11, 2021, for being a leader or official of the military or security forces of Burma.  Aung Pyae Sone and Khin Thiri Thet Mon have a variety of business holdings, which have directly benefitted from their father’s position and malign influence.  Aung Pyae Sone won a 30-year permit in 2013 to lease land for Yangon Restaurant and Yangon Gallery in Rangoon without facing any competing bids.  From 2013 to 2018, Aung Pyae Sone paid less than 1 percent of the rental rate compared with other properties in the same township, with the Rangoon government acknowledging that the national government dictated the low rental rates.  Meanwhile, Khin Thiri Thet Mon owns Seventh Sense, a media production business with an exclusive contract with Nay Toe, an actor who features prominently in marketing for Mytel, the mobile telephone operator established by Min Aung Hlaing.

In addition to the individuals identified above, OFAC is also designating the following six Burmese entities pursuant to E.O. 14014 for being owned or controlled by Aung Pyae Sone or Khin Thiri Thet Mon:

  • A & M Mahar Company Limited
  • Sky One Construction Company Limited
  • The Yangon Restaurant
  • The Yangon Gallery
  • Everfit Company Limited
  • Seventh Sense Company Limited

Today’s action follows the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s March 4, 2021 implementation of new export control restrictions on Burma and the addition of four Burmese entities to the Entity List:  the Burmese Ministry of Defence, the Burmese Ministry of Home Affairs, the Myanmar Economic Corporation, and the Myanmar Economic Holding Limited.  View the Department of Commerce’s press release on this action here.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the individuals and entities named above, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by them, individually or with other blocked persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, are blocked and must be reported to OFAC.  Unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC or otherwise exempt, OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons.

and State:

For the past five weeks, the people of Burma have taken to the streets to protest peacefully and voice their aspirations for a return to democracy and the rule of law.  In response, Burmese security forces – at the behest of military leaders – have brutally and lethally attacked unarmed protesters, killing at least 53 people since the coup.  We condemn these horrific attacks.  We condemn the ongoing arrests and the detentions of more than 1,700 political leaders, doctors, human rights defenders, journalists, union leaders, and regular people exercising their rights.  And we condemn the military leadership that has enabled this violence against its own people.

Today, the United States is taking further actions to respond to the violence enabled by Burma’s military leaders, to promote accountability for those responsible for the coup, and to target those who benefit financially from their connections to the military regime.  Thus, the United States is designating the two adult children of armed forces Commander-in-Chief (CINC) Min Aung Hlaing, Aung Pyae Sone and Khin Thiri Thet, as well as six entities owned or controlled by these individuals, pursuant to Executive Order 14014.  Aung Pyae Sone and Khin Thiri Thet have long used their connections to the CINC for personal enrichment.  The leaders of the coup, and their adult family members, should not be able to continue to derive benefits from the regime as it resorts to violence and tightens its stranglehold on democracy.

We will continue to work with a broad coalition of international partners to promote accountability for coup leaders, those responsible for this violence and other abuses, and those who benefit financially from the regime.  We will not hesitate to take further action against those who instigate violence and suppress the will of the people.  These sanctions are directed at those responsible for the coup, in support of the people of Burma.

This builds on March 4 actions by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to establish new restrictions on exports and reexports to Burma, and transfers within Burma, of sensitive items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  BIS also added to the Entity List two entities responsible for the coup – the Ministries of Defense and Home Affairs – as well as two military-operated entities, Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) and Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL).

The United States calls on the international community to speak with one voice in support of the people of Burma who, in spite of the brutal violence perpetrated by Burmese security forces, continue to demonstrate courage and determination in their efforts to reject the military coup.  We urge the military to restore the democratically elected government, cease all attacks on peaceful protesters, immediately release all those unjustly detained, and stop attacks on and intimidation of journalists, civil servants, and activists.

issued press releases regarding the Burma designations.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

State Department Press Release

Categories: Burma Sanctions DRC (Congo) Sanctions Global Magnitsky Sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists Terrorism

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