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OFAC adds to counter terror, Burma sanctions

OFAC has added the following persons:

AL-FAY, Ibrahim Ali 'Awad (a.k.a. "Abu Ali al-Samarra'i"), Sakarya, Turkey; DOB 1968; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT]. 

AL-FAY, Idris 'Ali 'Awwad (a.k.a. AL-FAY, Idris Ali Awad Khalif; a.k.a. KHALIF, Idris Ali 'Awad; a.k.a. "Abu Sayf al-Samara'i"; a.k.a. "Mullah Idris"), Owainat Village, Owainat District, Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq; Turkey; Albu Dur, Tikrit, Salah-ad Din Province, Iraq; DOB 01 Jul 1971; POB Albu Dur, Tikrit, Salah-ad Din Province, Iraq; nationality Iraq; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT].

KHANFURAH, Alaa (a.k.a. KHANFORA, Alaa; a.k.a. KHANFORAH, Mohammed Alaa Omer; a.k.a. KHANFOURA, Alaa; a.k.a. KHANFURAH, 'Ala'; a.k.a. KHANFURAN, Alaa), Reyhanli, Hatay, Turkey; DOB 01 Jan 1986; alt. DOB 1985; POB al-Habit, Syria; nationality Syria; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT].

and entity:

AL FAY COMPANY, Building 54100, Adapazari, Sakarya Province, Turkey; Organization Type: Other monetary intermediation [SDGT]. 

to its counter terrorism sanctions, and the following persons:

HLAING, Ko Ko (a.k.a. HLAING, U Ko Ko), 3, IPRD Wing, East Shwegonedine Road, Bahan, Burma; DOB 24 Oct 1956; POB Myinmu, Burma; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male; Passport OM003624 (Burma) issued 06 Sep 2011 expires 05 Sep 2016; National ID No. 8MAKANANG014283 (Burma); Minister for International Cooperation (individual) [BURMA-EO14014]. 

HTET, Hein (a.k.a. HTET, Ivan; a.k.a. HTET, U Hein), Burma; DOB 06 Nov 1987; nationality Burma; Gender Male; National ID No. 12DAGANAN029901 (Burma) (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

HTET, Kaung (a.k.a. HTET, U Kaung), Burma; DOB 03 Aug 1992; nationality Burma; Gender Male; National ID No. 12DAGANAN032517 (Burma) (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

MAUNG, Mahn Nyein (a.k.a. MAUNG, Padoh Mahn Nyein; a.k.a. MAUNG, Phado Man Nyein), Naypyitaw, Burma; DOB 01 Jan 1947 to 01 Jan 1949; nationality Burma; Gender Male; State Administrative Council Member (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

MYINT, Tun Aung (a.k.a. MYINT, Htun Aung; a.k.a. MYINT, Saw Htun Aung; a.k.a. MYINT, Saw Tun Aung), Number (632), Gagyi/16, Arzarni Road, Number (4) Lanmason, Quarter (5), Shwepyithar Township, Rangoon, Burma; DOB 16 Feb 1942; alt. DOB 19 Feb 1942; citizen Burma; Gender Male; Union Minister of Ethnic Affairs (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

NAUNG, Tun Tun (a.k.a. NAING, Tun Tun; a.k.a. NAUNG, Htun Htun), Burma; DOB 30 Apr 1963; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male; Union Minister of Border Affairs (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

NYEIN, Than (a.k.a. NYEIN, U Than), No 67, Yin Mar Myaing St, Su Paung, Thuwunna, Theingangyun Tsp, Rangoon, Burma; DOB 29 Feb 1952; POB Kawkareik, Burma; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male; Passport MA370433 (Burma) issued 08 Nov 2013 expires 07 Nov 2018; National ID No. 12YAKANAN007001 (Burma) (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

NYUNT, Thein (a.k.a. NYUNT, U Thein), Naypyitaw, Burma; DOB 26 Dec 1944; alt. DOB 20 Nov 1944; POB Kawkareik, Burma; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male; National ID No. 12THAGAKAN012432 (Burma); State Administrative Council Member (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

SAING, Sai Lone (a.k.a. HSAI, U Sai Lone; a.k.a. HSAING, U Sai Lone; a.k.a. HSENG, Sai Lone; a.k.a. HSENG, Sai Long; a.k.a. SAING, U Sai Lone), Naypyitaw, Burma; DOB 18 Apr 1947; nationality Burma; Gender Male; State Administrative Council Member (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

SAN, Pwint (a.k.a. HSAN, Pwint), Zayar Shwe Pyi Road, Naypyitaw, Burma; DOB 13 Jul 1961; POB Rangoon, Burma; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male; Passport DM000334 (Burma) issued 30 May 2011 expires 29 May 2021; National ID No. 12MARAKAN007186 (Burma); Union Minister of Commerce (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

SHEIN, Win (a.k.a. SHEIN, U Win), Myananyadanar, Naypyitaw, Burma; DOB 31 Jul 1957; POB Mandalay, Burma; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male; Passport DM001478 (Burma) issued 10 Sep 2012 expires 09 Sep 2022; National ID No. 12DAGANA011336 (Burma); Minister for Planning, Finance, and Industry (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

SOE, Thein (a.k.a. SOE, U Thein), Burma; DOB 23 Jan 1952; POB Kani, Burma; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male; Union Election Commission Chairman (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

SWE, Khin Maung (a.k.a. SWE, Khin Mg; a.k.a. SWE, U Khin Maung), Naypyitaw, Burma; DOB 20 Jul 1942; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male; State Administrative Council Member (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

THU, Yin Min (a.k.a. THU, Daw Yin Min), Burma; DOB 23 Aug 1989; nationality Burma; Gender Female; National ID No. 12AHLANAN042764 (Burma) (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

WIN, Thet Khaing (a.k.a. WIN, Thet Kaing), C 541, 1, Yan Myo Thant Zin Street, Zaya Theikdi Quarter, Naypyitaw, Burma; DOB 14 Nov 1961; POB Rangoon, Burma; nationality Burma; Gender Male; Passport DM004668 (Burma) issued 17 Oct 2017 expires 16 Oct 2027; National ID No. 12KAMATAN043299 (Burma); Minister of Health and Sports (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

YI, Khin Maung (a.k.a. YEE, Khin Maung; a.k.a. YEE, Khin Mg; a.k.a. YEE, U Khin Maung; a.k.a. YI, Khin Mg; a.k.a. YI, U Khin Maung), No. 3132, Khatta (18) Street, Ottayathiri Township, Naypyitaw, Burma; DOB 15 Feb 1965; POB Rangoon, Burma; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male; Passport DM000956 (Burma) issued 25 Jan 2012 expires 24 Jan 2022; National ID No. 14HATHATAN059290 (Burma); alt. National ID No. 13MAYATANAING002216; Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

and entity:

STATE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL (a.k.a. STATE ADMINISTRATION COUNCIL), Naypyitaw, Burma; Target Type Government Entity [BURMA-EO14014]. 

to its Burma sanctions program.

And the Treasury issued press releases about the counter terror changes:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Targets ISIS Financial Facilitators in Syria and Turkey

May 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated three individuals and one entity in connection with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  The individuals and company being designated today played a crucial role connecting ISIS with a network of international donors and enabled ISIS to access the financial system in the Middle East.  This action coincides with the fourteenth meeting of the Counter ISIS Finance Group (CIFG), which includes nearly 70 countries and international organizations, and plays a fundamental role in coordinating efforts to deny ISIS access to the international financial system and eliminate its sources of revenue.

“This Administration is committed to preventing the resurgence of ISIS and countering the group’s terrorist financing networks wherever they operate,” said Andrea Gacki, Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control.  “These designations highlight the continued importance of all jurisdictions bolstering their efforts to combat the financing of terrorism.”   

ISIS continues to exploit formal financial systems despite the loss of its territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria.  In Iraq and Syria, ISIS has generated revenue through extortion of local businesses, kidnapping for ransom, and looting.  The group has transferred funds internationally through money services businesses, including hawalas, couriers, and financial facilitation networks.  In addition to revenue generated from its illicit financial activities, ISIS also has access to tens of millions of dollars in cash reserves disbursed across the region.  Throughout Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, ISIS has relied on key money services business operators, like those designated today, that allow ISIS to obfuscate its involvement in transactions.

Alaa Khanfurah (Khanfurah) is being designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, ISIS.  Throughout 2019 and 2020, Khanfurah’s Turkey-based money service business transferred funds to ISIS members throughout Syria, in part through the direct financial ties Khanfurah maintained with ISIS financial facilitators.  This included Khanfurah sending thousands of dollars to an ISIS financial facilitator, as well as indirect money transfers sent through individuals who worked for Khanfurah.  In 2017 and 2019, Khanfurah served as a key intermediary in facilitating financial transfers between senior ISIS leaders.

The Al-Fay Company and Idris Ali Awad al-Fay (Idris al-Fay) are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, ISIS.  Idris al-Fay, who is currently in Iraqi custody, used the Turkey-basedAl-Fay Company to facilitate the global distribution of currency on behalf of ISIS.  Al-Fay Company was also used by Idris al-Fay as an intermediary between foreign donors and ISIS, including ISIS members located in the al-Hawl Internally Displaced Persons camp in northeastern Syria.  Idris al-Fay previously held leadership positions in al-Qa’ida and ISIS as a judicial officer and emir.  

Ibrahim Ali Awad al-Fay (Ibrahim al-Fay) is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for owning or controlling, directly or indirectly, the Al-Fay Company.  Ibrahim al-FayIdris al-Fay’s brother, manages the Al-Fay Company in Idris al-Fay’s absence.  By appropriating funds from international sources through a network of currency exchanges and hawalas, Idris al-Fay and Ibrahim Ali ‘Awad al-Fay were able to send funds to ISIS elements in Iraq and Syria. 

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of these individuals and entity 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 must be blocked and 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 the United States (including transactions transiting the United States) that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons. 

Furthermore, engaging in certain transactions with the individuals and entity designated today entails risk of secondary sanctions pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended. Pursuant to this authority, OFAC can prohibit or impose strict conditions on the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account by a foreign financial institution that either knowingly conducted or facilitated any significant transaction on behalf of an SDGT.

and the Burma changes:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Sanctions Governing Body, Officials, and Family Members Connected to Burma’s Military 

May 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 16 individuals and one entity connected to Burma’s military regime.  

Thirteen of the individuals sanctioned today are key members of Burma’s military regime, which is violently repressing the pro-democracy movement in the country and is responsible for the ongoing violent and lethal attacks against the people of Burma, including the killing of children.  The other three individuals are adult children of previously designated senior Burmese military officials.  The entity is the State Administration Council (SAC), the body created by the military to support its unlawful overthrow of the democratically elected civilian government.  These designations today are made pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14014, “Blocking Property with Respect to the Situation in Burma.”  These sanctions are not directed at the people of Burma.  In concurrent actions, the U.K. and Canada also sanctioned persons and/or entities in relation to the on-going coup in Burma.

“Burma’s military continues to commit human rights abuses and oppress the people of Burma.  Today’s action demonstrates the United States’ commitment to work with our international partners to press the Burmese military and promote accountability for those responsible for the coup and ongoing violence,” said Andrea Gacki, Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control. 

As a part of today’s action, the State Administrative Council (SAC) is designated for being a political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of the Government of Burma.  The SAC, which is the official name of the military government in Burma, was formed by Burma’s military on February 2, 2021.  It is largely made up of military officials and led by Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, whom Treasury designated on February 11, 2021 pursuant to E.O. 14014.

The following four individuals are designated pursuant to E.O. 14014 for being foreign persons who are or were leaders or officials of the Government of Burma on or after February 2, 2021:

  • Mahn Nyein Maung is a member of the SAC;
  • Thein Nyunt is a member of the SAC;
  • Sai Lone Saing is a member of the SAC; and
  • Khin Maung Swe is a member of the SAC.

The following nine individuals, who are members of the military regime, are designated pursuant to E.O.14014 for being foreign persons who are or were leaders or officials of the Government of Burma on or after February 2, 2021:

  • Ko Ko Hlaing is the Minister of International Cooperation;
  • Tun Aung Myint is the Minister for Ethnic Affairs;
  • Tun Tun Naung is the Minister of Border Affairs;
  • Than Nyein is the governor of the Central Bank of Burma;
  • Pwint San is the Minister of Commerce;
  • Win Shein is the Minister for Planning, Finance, and Industry;
  • Thein Soe is the chairman of the military-appointed Union Election Commission, the regime’s electoral body;
  • Thet Khaing Win is the Minister of Health and Sports; and
  • Khin Maung Yi is the Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.

In addition to the individuals identified above, the following three individuals are designated pursuant to E.O. 14014 for being a spouse or adult child of a person whose property and interests in property are blocked.

  • Hein Htet is the adult child of SAC member General Maung Maung Kyaw, whom Treasury designated on February 22, 2021 pursuant to E.O. 14014;
  • Kaung Htet is also an adult child of General Maung Maung Kyaw; and
  • Yin Min Thu is the adult child of SAC member Admiral Tin Aung San, whom Treasury designated on February 11, 2021 pursuant to E.O. 14014.

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the persons named above that are in the United States, or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, are blocked and must be reported to OFAC.  In addition, any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, in the aggregate, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.

Unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, or otherwise exempt, 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 are prohibited. The prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person or the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

while the State Department also issued one for the Burma:

Designating One Entity and 16 Individuals Connected to Burma’s Military Regime

Today, the United States is announcing new sanctions against Burma’s military regime in response to its continued violence and repression against the people of Burma, most recently in Mindat, Chin State, and its failure to take any steps to restore Burma’s democratic transition.  We are designating the military regime’s State Administrative Council pursuant to Executive Order 14014.  Additionally, we are designating four members of the SAC, nine military-appointed cabinet members, and three adult children of previously designated military officials, pursuant to the same authority.  We make this announcement alongside the United Kingdom and Canada, which are taking their own steps to impose costs on the regime.

As President Biden has stated, the United States will continue to promote accountability for those responsible for the coup.  Our actions today underscore our resolve and that of our partners to apply political and financial pressure on the regime as long as it fails to stop violence and take meaningful action to respect the will of the people.  We encourages all countries to consider imposing measures against the regime — including arms embargos, suspension of military sales, and termination of commercial cooperation with military-owned entities — to promote accountability and to prevent further violence.

As reiterated in our recent communiqué, the United States and our G7 partners welcome the recent ASEAN five-point consensus plan, and we strongly urge the military regime to immediately and unconditionally cooperate with ASEAN and the UN to implement this plan.  The United States further stands ready to lend our support to ASEAN and the UN efforts to initiate an inclusive political dialogue to end the crisis.

Unfortunately, the military regime has thus far refused to cooperate in a constructive manner and has made no attempt to restore Burma on the path to democracy, while continuing its brutal repression and violence against its people.

and counter terrorism designations:

The United States Designates ISIS Financial Facilitators

Today, the United States is designating three individuals and one entity connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to coincide with the 14th meeting of the Counter ISIS Finance Group, which plays a key role coordinating the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’ efforts to disrupt the group’s generation and transfer of resources.

Despite our defeat of ISIS’ territorial “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, ISIS remains active and maintains connections to the financial system.  In countries throughout the Middle East, ISIS has relied on key money services business operators, like those designated today, that allow ISIS to obfuscate its transactions.  The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS will continue to target ISIS’ illicit financial activities to include its disbursement of millions of dollars in cash reserves across the region.

Alaa Khanfurah is being designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, for having assisted in, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of ISIS.  Khanfurah’s Turkey-based money service business transferred funds to ISIS members throughout Syria and sent thousands of dollars to an ISIS financial facilitator.

The Al-Fay Company and Idris Ali Awad al-Fay are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for having assisted in, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of ISIS.  Idris Ali Awad al-Fay, who is currently in Iraqi custody, used the Turkey-based Al-Fay Company to facilitate the global distribution of currency on behalf of ISIS.

Ibrahim Ali Awad al-Fay is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for owning or controlling, directly or indirectly, the Al-Fay Company.  Ibrahim al-Fay, Idris al-Fay’s brother, manages the Turkey-based Al-Fay Company in Idris al-Fay’s absence.  Idris al-Fay and Ibrahim Ali ‘Awad al-Fay sent funds to ISIS.

The United States and other members of the Counter ISIS Finance Group remain committed to denying ISIS the revenue it needs to carry out its terrorist and criminal activities, as well as preventing the resurgence of the group.

Links:

OFAC Notice

ISIS designation press releases – Treasury, State

Burma designation press releases – Treasury, State

Categories: Burma Sanctions ISIS/ISIL/Da'esh OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists Terrorism

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