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OFAC follows UN’s lead … plus updates a counter-terror listing

OFAC has added the following person:

IBRAHIM, Osama Al Kuni (Arabic: أسامة الكوني ابراهيم) (a.k.a. AL KUNI, Osama; a.k.a. AL-MILAD, Osama; a.k.a. MILAD, Osama; a.k.a. "ZAWIYA, Osama"; a.k.a. "ZAWIYAH, Osama"), Zawiyah, Libya; DOB 04 Apr 1976; alt. DOB 02 Apr 1976; POB Tripoli, Libya; nationality Libya; Gender Male (individual) [LIBYA3].

to its Libya sanctions program, as per the United Nations Sanctions Committee. It also updated the following existing counter terrorism designation:

ISMAIL, Talib Husayn Ali Jarak, Block 8, Street 20, House No. 33, Jabriya, Kuwait; Street 21, Salem Al Mubarak Avenue, Block 20, Building 13, Salmiya, Kuwait; PO Box 3390, Safat 13034, Kuwait City, Kuwait; PO Box 126, Safat 13002, Kuwait City, Kuwait; Block 8, Street 103, Building 33, Apartment 33, Jabriya, Kuwait; Mubarak Al Kabir, Darwaza abdul Razak Square, Kuwait City, Kuwait; DOB 30 Apr 1956; POB Kuwait City, Kuwait; nationality Kuwait; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: HIZBALLAH). -to- ISMAIL, Talib Husayn Ali Jarak (a.k.a. ESMAEL, Taleb H. A. J.), Block 8, Street 20, House No. 33, Jabriya, Kuwait; Street 21, Salem Al Mubarak Avenue, Block 20, Building 13, Salmiya, Kuwait; PO Box 3390, Safat 13034, Kuwait City, Kuwait; PO Box 126, Safat 13002, Kuwait City, Kuwait; Block 8, Street 103, Building 33, Apartment 33, Jabriya, Kuwait; Mubarak Al Kabir, Darwaza abdul Razak Square, Kuwait City, Kuwait; DOB 30 Apr 1956; POB Kuwait City, Kuwait; nationality Kuwait; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: HIZBALLAH). 

And the Treasury:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Sanctions Libyan Individual for Serious Human Rights Abuse of African Migrants

October 26, 2021

Corresponding UN Security Council Designation Highlights Focus on Abuse of Migrants

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), corresponding with an action by the United Nations Security Council, sanctioned Libyan national Osama Al Kuni Ibrahim (Al Kuni), who is responsible for serious human rights abuse against migrants in Libya. Al Kuni is designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13726 for being involved in, or having been involved in, the targeting of civilians through the commission of acts of violence, abduction, forced displacement, or attacks on schools, hospitals, religious sites, or locations where civilians are seeking refuge, or through conduct that would constitute a serious abuse or violation of human rights or a violation of international humanitarian law.

“In view of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, Treasury is taking this action to promote accountability and expose the illicit activities of those abusing and exploiting migrants transiting Libya in pursuit of a better and more secure life,” said Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Andrea M. Gacki. “We will continue to align with the international community by using sanctions and other tools to support the victims of such inhumane treatment and isolate those involved in such abuse of human rights. Treasury calls on Libya’s Government of National Unity to hold accountable Al Kuni and others perpetuating such abuse.”

Osama Al Kuni Ibrahim (Al Kuni) has been identified as the de facto manager of the al-Nasr Detention Center in Zawiyah, Libya, colloquially named the “Osama prison” because of his involvement. Al Kuni, who has been described as a migrant-smuggling kingpin, is responsible for the systematic exploitation of African migrants at the detention center where these migrants are subject to various human rights abuses. Al Kuni or the individuals under his direction have been involved in or facilitated the killing, exploitation, abuse, and extortion of migrants at the detention center, including through sexual violence, beatings, starvation, and other mistreatment.

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the designated individual that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC. In addition, any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 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, OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all transactions by U.S. persons or persons within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons. 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.

Additionally, Al Kuni was designated by the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee. Pursuant to that designation, all UN Member States are obligated to impose an asset freeze and travel ban.

and State Departments:

Imposing Sanctions on a Libyan Individual for Serious Human Rights Abuses

PRESS STATEMENT

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE

OCTOBER 26, 2021Share

The United States is designating Libyan national Osama Al Kuni Ibrahim pursuant to Executive Order 13726, based on his involvement in serious human rights abuses against migrants in Libya.  Ibrahim is the de facto manager of a migrant detention center in Zawiyah, Libya, where he or individuals under his direction have carried out horrific abuses against migrants, including killings, sexual violence, and beatings.

Today’s action promotes accountability and exposes the mistreatment, exploitation, and violence being perpetrated against vulnerable migrants transiting Libya in pursuit of a better life and follows Ibrahim’s designation yesterday at the United Nations. We will continue to work with the international community and use all the tools at our disposal to support victims and identify those involved in abuses of human rights. We call on Libya’s Government of National Unity to hold accountable Ibrahim and others perpetrating human rights abuses.

issued press releases about the Libya designation.

One question: given the alleged behavior, why not designate Ibrahim under Global Magnitsky? Just because doing it under the Libyan program is consistent with the UN (and SECO and OFSI)? Hard to have clarity when you play fast and loose with the rules…

Links:

OFAC Notice

Press Releases – Treasury, State

Categories: Libya Sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists Terrorism

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