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US adds to counter-terror sanctions, and makes some Iran and Syria updates

Today, OFAC added the following persons:

AL-JAMAL, Sa'id Ahmad Muhammad (a.k.a. AL GAMAL, Saeed Ahmed Mohammed; a.k.a. RAMI, Abu-Ahmad; a.k.a. "ABU-'ALI"; a.k.a. "AHMAD, Abu"; a.k.a. "HISHAM"), Iran; DOB 01 Jan 1979; nationality Yemen; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport 04716186 (Yemen) (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR] (Linked To: ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS (IRGC)-QODS FORCE). 

AL-RAWI, Talib 'Ali Husayn Al-Ahmad (a.k.a. AL-AHMAD, Talib (Arabic: طالب الاحمد)), Istanbul, Turkey; DOB 23 Dec 1973; POB Al Bukamal, Syria; nationality Syria; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: AL-JAMAL, Sa'id Ahmad Muhammad).

AS'AD, Hani 'Abd-al-Majid Muhammad (Arabic: هاني عبدالمجيد محمد اسعد) (a.k.a. AL-'ABSI, Hani; a.k.a. ASAD, Hani Abdulmajeed Mohammed), Turkey; DOB 16 Apr 1977; POB Yemen; nationality Yemen; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: AL-JAMAL, Sa'id Ahmad Muhammad).

MAHAMUD, Abdi Nasir Ali (Arabic: عبدي ناصر علي محمود) (a.k.a. MAHMOUD, Abdi Naser; a.k.a. MAHMUD, Abdi Nasir Ali; a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, 'Abd-al-Nasir 'Ali), United Arab Emirates; Istanbul, Turkey; DOB 01 May 1977; nationality United Kingdom; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport 548347810 (United Kingdom) expires 20 Jan 2029 (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: AL-JAMAL, Sa'id Ahmad Muhammad).

MALLAH, Abdul Jalil (a.k.a. AL-MALAHI, 'Abd-al-Jalil; a.k.a. AL-MALLAH, 'Abd-al-Jalil), Greece; Malmo, Sweden; DOB 05 Jan 1975; nationality Syria; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Identification Number 750105-3735 (Sweden) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: AL-JAMAL, Sa'id Ahmad Muhammad).

MUHAMMAD, Jami' 'Ali (a.k.a. MOHAMMED, Jama Ali), Oman; DOB 01 Jan 1980; nationality Somalia; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport 60358533 (Oman) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: AL-JAMAL, Sa'id Ahmad Muhammad).

SABHARWAL, Manoj, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 01 Dec 1960; POB Durg, India; nationality India; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport Z3795762 (India) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: AL-JAMAL, Sa'id Ahmad Muhammad).

entities:

ADOON GENERAL TRADING FZE (Arabic: ادون جنرال تريدنج م.م.ح), Centurion Star Tower, B-Block, Office 506, Port Saeed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Office No. 506, B Floor, Centurion Star Tower, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; B1 Block, Flat 623, PO Box 21158, Ajman, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions [SDGT] (Linked To: MAHAMUD, Abdi Nasir Ali). 

ADOON GENERAL TRADING GIDA SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI, EGS Bloklari, No: 12-340 Yesilkoy Mahallesi, Ataturk Caddesi, Bakirkoy, Istanbul 34149, Turkey; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Chamber of Commerce Number 1154982 (Turkey); Registration Number 165136-5 (Turkey); Central Registration System Number 8143922500001 (Turkey) [SDGT] (Linked To: MAHAMUD, Abdi Nasir Ali).

ADOON GENERAL TRADING L.L.C. (Arabic: ادون التجارة العامة ش.ذ.م.م), Office Number 506, B Block, Centurion Star Tower, Opp. Deira City Center, Port Saeed, P.O. Box 64827, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Al Ras Area, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Website www.adoongroup.com; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Business Registration Number 682443 (United Arab Emirates); alt. Business Registration Number 10889604 (United Arab Emirates) [SDGT] (Linked To: MAHAMUD, Abdi Nasir Ali).

SWAID AND SONS FOR EXCHANGE CO. (Arabic: شركة سويد و اولاده الصرافة) (a.k.a. SUWAYD AND SONS MONEY EXCHANGE), Al-Zubairi Street, Swaid's Building, Sanaa, Sana'a City, Yemen; Swaid Building, Al Zubeiry Street, in front of IBY, Sanaa 8000600, Yemen; Website https://swaidexchange.com; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Organization Type: Other monetary intermediation [SDGT] (Linked To: AL-JAMAL, Sa'id Ahmad Muhammad).

and vessel:

TRIPLE SUCCESS (TRA025) Products Tanker Gabon flag; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 9167148 (vessel) [SDGT] (Linked To: AL-JAMAL, Sa'id Ahmad Muhammad). 

to its counter-terrorism sanctions program. Additionally, the following designations:

GHALEBANI, Ahmad (a.k.a. GHALEHBANI, Ahmad; a.k.a. QALEHBANI, Ahmad); DOB 01 Jan 1953 to 31 Dec 1954; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Passport H20676140 (Iran); Managing Director, National Iranian Oil Company; Director, Hong Kong Intertrade Company; Director, Petro Suisse Intertrade Company (individual) [IRAN]. 

GHALEHBANI, Ahmad (a.k.a. GHALEBANI, Ahmad; a.k.a. QALEHBANI, Ahmad); DOB 01 Jan 1953 to 31 Dec 1954; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Passport H20676140 (Iran); Managing Director, National Iranian Oil Company; Director, Hong Kong Intertrade Company; Director, Petro Suisse Intertrade Company (individual) [IRAN].

QALEHBANI, Ahmad (a.k.a. GHALEBANI, Ahmad; a.k.a. GHALEHBANI, Ahmad); DOB 01 Jan 1953 to 31 Dec 1954; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Passport H20676140 (Iran); Managing Director, National Iranian Oil Company; Director, Hong Kong Intertrade Company; Director, Petro Suisse Intertrade Company (individual) [IRAN].

BAZARGAN, Farzad; DOB 03 Jun 1956; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Passport D14855558 (Iran); alt. Passport Y21130717 (Iran); Managing Director, Hong Kong Intertrade Company (individual) [IRAN].

MOINIE, Mohammad; DOB 04 Jan 1956; POB Brojerd, Iran; citizen United Kingdom; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Passport 301762718 (United Kingdom); Commercial Director, Naftiran Intertrade Company Sarl (individual) [IRAN].

ASM INTERNATIONAL TRADING, LLC (a.k.a. ASM INTERNATIONAL GENERAL TRADING COMPANY; a.k.a. ASM INTERNATIONAL GENERAL TRADING LLC), Jumeirah Lake Tower, Cluster 1, Platinum Tower, Office 2405, P.O. Box 36102, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [SYRIA] (Linked To: FOZ, Samer).

ASM INTERNATIONAL GENERAL TRADING COMPANY (a.k.a. ASM INTERNATIONAL GENERAL TRADING LLC; a.k.a. ASM INTERNATIONAL TRADING, LLC), Jumeirah Lake Tower, Cluster 1, Platinum Tower, Office 2405, P.O. Box 36102, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [SYRIA] (Linked To: FOZ, Samer).

ASM INTERNATIONAL GENERAL TRADING LLC (a.k.a. ASM INTERNATIONAL GENERAL TRADING COMPANY; a.k.a. ASM INTERNATIONAL TRADING, LLC), Jumeirah Lake Tower, Cluster 1, Platinum Tower, Office 2405, P.O. Box 36102, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [SYRIA] (Linked To: FOZ, Samer).

SILVER PINE (a.k.a. SILVER PINE DMCC), Jumeirah Lake Tower, Cluster 1, Platinum Tower, Office 2405, P.O. Box 36102, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [SYRIA] (Linked To: FOZ, Husen).

SILVER PINE DMCC (a.k.a. SILVER PINE), Jumeirah Lake Tower, Cluster 1, Platinum Tower, Office 2405, P.O. Box 36102, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [SYRIA] (Linked To: FOZ, Husen).

SEA CHARMING SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED (a.k.a. SEA CHARMING SHIPPING CO LTD), Office A, 3/F., Eton Building, 288, Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE. Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY. Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON. Sec. 5(a)(v); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: IMPORT SANCTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(vi); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: SANCTIONS ON PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. Sec. 5(a)(vii); C.R. No. F0019588 (Hong Kong); Identification Number IMO 6106782; Company Number 58462 (Marshall Islands) [IRAN-EO13846].

SEA CHARMING SHIPPING CO LTD (a.k.a. SEA CHARMING SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED), Office A, 3/F., Eton Building, 288, Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE. Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY. Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON. Sec. 5(a)(v); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: IMPORT SANCTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(vi); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: SANCTIONS ON PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. Sec. 5(a)(vii); C.R. No. F0019588 (Hong Kong); Identification Number IMO 6106782; Company Number 58462 (Marshall Islands) [IRAN-EO13846].

AOXING SHIP MANAGEMENT SHANGHAI LTD (a.k.a. AOXING SHIP MGMT SHANGHAI LTD; a.k.a. SHANGHAI AOXING INTERNATIONAL SHIP MANAGEMENT CO., LTD. (Chinese Simplified: 上海傲兴国际船舶管理有限公司)), Unit 6, 17F., Jinmao Tower, No. 88 Shiji Ave, China Pilot Free-Trade Zone, Shanghai, China (Chinese Simplified: ⾦茂大厦17层06单元, 世纪大道88号, 中国⾃由贸易试验区, 上海, China); 17th Floor, Jinmao Tower, 88, Shiji Dadao, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai 200121, China; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE. Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY. Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON. Sec. 5(a)(v); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: IMPORT SANCTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(vi); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: SANCTIONS ON PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. Sec. 5(a)(vii); Identification Number IMO 5066956; United Social Credit Code Certificate (USCCC) 913101157492555155 (China) [IRAN-EO13846].

SHANGHAI AOXING INTERNATIONAL SHIP MANAGEMENT CO., LTD. (Chinese Simplified: 上海傲兴国际船舶管理有限公司) (a.k.a. AOXING SHIP MANAGEMENT SHANGHAI LTD; a.k.a. AOXING SHIP MGMT SHANGHAI LTD), Unit 6, 17F., Jinmao Tower, No. 88 Shiji Ave, China Pilot Free-Trade Zone, Shanghai, China (Chinese Simplified: ⾦茂大厦17层06单元, 世纪大道88号, 中国⾃由贸易试验区, 上海, China); 17th Floor, Jinmao Tower, 88, Shiji Dadao, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai 200121, China; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE. Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY. Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON. Sec. 5(a)(v); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: IMPORT SANCTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(vi); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: SANCTIONS ON PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. Sec. 5(a)(vii); Identification Number IMO 5066956; United Social Credit Code Certificate (USCCC) 913101157492555155 (China) [IRAN-EO13846].

AOXING SHIP MGMT SHANGHAI LTD (a.k.a. AOXING SHIP MANAGEMENT SHANGHAI LTD; a.k.a. SHANGHAI AOXING INTERNATIONAL SHIP MANAGEMENT CO., LTD. (Chinese Simplified: 上海傲兴国际船舶管理有限公司)), Unit 6, 17F., Jinmao Tower, No. 88 Shiji Ave, China Pilot Free-Trade Zone, Shanghai, China (Chinese Simplified: ⾦茂大厦17层06单元, 世纪大道88号, 中国⾃由贸易试验区, 上海, China); 17th Floor, Jinmao Tower, 88, Shiji Dadao, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai 200121, China; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE. Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY. Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON. Sec. 5(a)(v); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: IMPORT SANCTIONS. Sec. 5(a)(vi); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: SANCTIONS ON PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. Sec. 5(a)(vii); Identification Number IMO 5066956; United Social Credit Code Certificate (USCCC) 913101157492555155 (China) [IRAN-EO13846].

have been removed from the Iran and/or Syria sanctions programs. Lastly, the following existing Syria sanctions listings were updated:

FOZ, Amer (a.k.a. FOZ, Amer Zuhair); DOB 11 Mar 1976; POB Homs, Syria; Gender Male; Passport O6O1O274747 (Syria) (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: ASM INTERNATIONAL TRADING, LLC). -to- FOZ, Amer (a.k.a. FOZ, Amer Zuhair (Arabic: عامر زهیر فوز); a.k.a. FOZ, Amer Zuheir), Yenisehir Mahallesi Ataturk Bulvari Yalim Apt. 61/1-A, Iskenderun Hatay, Turkey; United Arab Emirates; DOB 11 Mar 1976; POB Homs, Syria; citizen Turkey; Gender Male; Passport O6O1O274747 (Syria); alt. Passport U10511291 (Turkey); alt. Passport RE0027453 (Syria); National ID No. 69736232604 (Turkey); alt. National ID No. 162280535 (United Arab Emirates) (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: FOZ, Samer). 

FOZ, Husen (a.k.a. FOZ, Hasan; a.k.a. FOZ, Hosn Zuhair; a.k.a. FOZ, Hoson; a.k.a. FOZ, Housen; a.k.a. FOZ, Hussen), Meadows 1, Street 13, Villa 38, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Adawai Area Rawdet Aleman Bld, 1st Floor, Damascus City, Syria; DOB 25 May 1981; POB Lattakia, Syria; nationality Syria; alt. nationality Saint Kitts and Nevis; citizen Turkey; alt. citizen Syria; Gender Female; Passport U08527769 (Turkey); alt. Passport RE0027450 (Syria); National ID No. 06010274768 (Syria) (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: ASM INTERNATIONAL TRADING, LLC). -to- FOZ, Husen (a.k.a. FOZ, Hasan; a.k.a. FOZ, Hosn Zuhair; a.k.a. FOZ, Hoson; a.k.a. FOZ, Housen; a.k.a. FOZ, Husen Aljibawi; a.k.a. FOZ, Hussen (Arabic: حسن فوز)), Meadows 1, Street 13, Villa 38, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Adawai Area Rawdet Aleman Bld, 1st Floor, Damascus City, Syria; Yenisehir Mahallesi Ataturk Bulvari Yalim, Apt 61/1-A, Iskenderun Hatay, Turkey; DOB 25 May 1981; POB Lattakia, Syria; nationality Syria; alt. nationality Saint Kitts and Nevis; citizen Turkey; alt. citizen Syria; Gender Female; Passport U08527769 (Turkey); alt. Passport RE0027450 (Syria); National ID No. 06010274768 (Syria); alt. National ID No. 784198164202982 (United Arab Emirates); alt. National ID No. 69727232996 (Turkey) (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: FOZ, Samer).

And press releases about the new designations were issued by the State Department:

U.S. Sanctions International Network Enriching Houthis in Yemen

Today, the United States is designating Sa’id Ahmad Muhammad al-Jamal and other individuals and entities involved in an international network he has used to provide tens of millions of dollars’ worth of funds to the Houthis in cooperation with senior officials in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force (IRGC-QF).  Those in al-Jamal’s network of front companies and intermediaries sell commodities, such as Iranian petroleum, throughout the Middle East and beyond and channel a significant portion of the revenue to the Houthis in Yemen.  We are designating al-Jamal 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, the IRGC-QF.  

The 11 other individuals, companies, and vessel sanctioned today play key roles in this illicit network, including Hani ‘Abd-al-Majid Muhammad As’ad, a Yemeni accountant who has facilitated financial transfers to the Houthis, and Jami’ ‘Ali Muhammad, a Houthi and IRGC-QF associate who helped al-Jamal procure vessels, facilitate shipments of fuel, and transfer funds for the benefit of the Houthis.  These 11 individuals, entities, and vessel are being sanctioned pursuant to E.O. 13224 for their relationships with al-Jamal and other parts of this network.  

The United States is working to help resolve the conflict in Yemen and bring lasting humanitarian relief to the Yemeni people.  The Houthis’ ongoing offensive on Marib runs directly counter to those goals, posing a threat to the already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen and potentially triggering increased fighting throughout Yemen.  

It is time for the Houthis to accept a ceasefire and for all parties to resume political talks.  Only a comprehensive, nationwide ceasefire can bring the urgent relief needed by Yemenis, and only a peace agreement can resolve the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.  The United States will continue to apply pressure to the Houthis, including through targeted sanctions, to advance those goals.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Department of State are lifting sanctions on three former Government of Iran officials, and two companies previously involved in the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of Iranian petrochemical products, as a result of a verified change in status or behavior on the part of the sanctioned parties. These actions demonstrate our commitment to lifting sanctions in the event of a change in status or behavior by sanctioned persons.

and the Treasury Department:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Sanctions Network Financing Houthi Aggression and Instability in Yemen 

June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating members of a smuggling network that helps fund Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and the Houthis in Yemen.  Led by Iran-based Houthi financier Sa’id al-Jamal, this network generates tens of millions of dollars in revenue from the sale of commodities, like Iranian petroleum, a significant portion of which is then directed through a complex network of intermediaries and exchange houses in multiple countries to the Houthis in Yemen.

“This network’s financial support enables the Houthis’ deplorable attacks threatening civilian and critical infrastructure in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.  These attacks undermine efforts to bring the conflict to an end and, most tragically, starve tens of millions of innocent civilians,” said Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control Andrea M. Gacki.  “Ending the suffering of millions of Yemenis is of paramount concern to the United States, and we will continue to hold accountable those responsible for widespread misery and deny them access to the global financial system.”

Today’s action is being taken pursuant to the counterterrorism authority Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended.  The IRGC-QF was designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 in 2007 for support to numerous terrorist groups.

Since the onset of the conflict in Yemen, the Houthis have relied on support from the IRGC-QF to wage their campaign against the internationally recognized Yemeni government and the Saudi-led Coalition.  Despite growing calls for peace, the Houthis have continued to escalate their lethal attacks inside Yemen and in the region, with dire consequences for Yemeni civilians and Yemen’s neighbors.  The Houthis have used ballistic missiles, explosives, naval mines, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to strike military targets, population centers, infrastructure, and nearby commercial shipping in Saudi Arabia, along key international trade routes.

Today, OFAC and the Department of State are also lifting sanctions on three former Government of Iran officials, and two companies formerly involved in the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of Iranian petrochemical products.  These delistings are a result of a verified change in behavior or status on the part of the sanctioned parties and demonstrate the U.S. government’s commitment to lifting sanctions in the event of a change in behavior or status for sanctioned persons.

SA’ID AL-JAMAL: FINANCIAL CONDUIT TO THE HOUTHIS

Sa’id al-Jamal, an Iran-based Houthi financial supporter, directs a network of front companies and vessels that smuggle Iranian fuel, petroleum products, and other commodities to customers throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.  A significant portion of the revenue generated from these sales is directed through a complex international network of intermediaries and exchange houses to the Houthis in Yemen.  This revenue helps fund the destabilizing regional activities of the Houthis, IRGC-QF, and others, including Hizballah.  Sa’id al-Jamal’s network has generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue through the sale of Iranian commodities to those willing to evade sanctions.  Sa’id al-Jamal also maintains connections to Hizballah and has worked with the group to send millions of dollars to support the Houthis.

Sa’id al-Jamal is 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, the IRGC-QF.

OFAC is also identifying the Gabon-flagged vessel Triple Success, which has been used by Sa’id al-Jamal to smuggle Iranian petroleum products out of Iran, as property in which Sa’id al-Jamal has an interest.

SA’ID AL-JAMAL’S INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT NETWORK

A cohort of businessmen and shipping experts support Sa’id al-Jamal’s network, enabling the illicit sale of Iranian goods abroad and the repatriation of profits to entities including the Houthis in Yemen, and the IRGC-QF.

Turkey-based Houthi-affiliate Abdi Nasir Ali Mahamud, a key business partner of Sa’id al-Jamal, acts as a financial intermediary and has coordinated the smuggling of petrochemicals for the network.  Mahamud has leveraged his position as managing director of UAE-based Adoon General Trading FZE to facilitate the transfer of millions of dollars on behalf of Sa’id al-Jamal.  Mahamud is 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, Sa’id al-Jamal.

Adoon General Trading FZE and two additional companies, UAE-based Adoon General Trading L.L.C. and Turkey-based Adoon General Trading Gida Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for being owned, controlled, or directed by, directly or indirectly, Mahamud.

UAE-based Indian national Manoj Sabharwal is a maritime shipping professional who manages shipping operations for Sa’id al-Jamal’s network and advises al-Jamal on smuggling Iranian oil products.  Sabharwal is responsible for coordinating shipments of Iranian petroleum products and commodities throughout the Middle East and Asia while obscuring Sa’id al-Jamal’s involvement.  Sabharwal is 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, Sa’id al-Jamal.

Hani ‘Abd-al-Majid Muhammad As’ad, a Turkey-based Yemeni accountant affiliated with the Houthis, manages Sa’id al-Jamal’s finances and has used multiple bank accounts to send and receive millions of dollars in payments for Sa’id al-Jamal’s shipping operations, as well as to facilitate transfers to the Houthis in Yemen.  As’ad is 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, Sa’id al-Jamal.

Since 2017, Jami’ ‘Ali Muhammad, a Somali businessman and Houthi and IRGC-QF associate, has assisted Sa’id al-Jamal’s efforts to procure vessels, facilitate shipments of Iranian fuel, and transfer funds for the benefit of the Houthis.  Jami’ is 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, Sa’id al-Jamal.

At the direction of Sa’id al-Jamal, Turkey-based Syrian national Talib ‘Ali Husayn Al-Ahmad al-Rawi and Greece-based Syrian national Abdul Jalil Mallah have facilitated transactions worth millions of dollars to Swaid and Sons, a Yemen-based exchange house associated with the Houthis.  Sa’id al-Jamal has used Swaid and Sons to send millions of dollars to IRGC-QF officials deployed in Yemen.

Mallah has facilitated the shipment of Iranian crude oil to Syria.  Mallah has worked with Sa’id al-Jamal to send millions of dollars’ worth of Iranian crude oil to Hizballah.  Al-Rawi has worked with Sa’id al-Jamal to transfer millions of dollars from Qatirji Group purchases of Iranian petroleum products to Swaid and Sons in Yemen.  Al-Rawi, Mallah, and Swaid and Sons 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, Sa’id al-Jamal.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

All property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of the persons designated are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with the designated persons or their blocked property. In addition, foreign financial institutions that knowingly facilitate significant transactions for, or persons that provide material or certain other support to, the persons designated today risk exposure to sanctions that could sever their access to the U.S. financial system or block their property or interests in property under U.S. jurisdiction.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Press Releases: State, Treasury

Categories: Iranian Sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists Syrian Sanctions Terrorism

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