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Counter Terrorism: …and OFAC taketh away (from Brazil)

OFAC today also designated the following persons:

AL-KHATIB, Ahmad (a.k.a. AL KHATIB, Ahmad; a.k.a. EL KHATIB, Ahmad), Sao Paulo, Brazil; DOB 03 Jul 1969; nationality Egypt; alt. nationality Lebanon; Gender Male; Tax ID No. 234.904.268-51 (Brazil) (individual) [SDGT]. 

AL-MAGHRABI, Haytham Ahmad Shukri Ahmad (a.k.a. ELMAGHRABY, Haytham Ahmed S.A.; a.k.a. ELMAGHRABY, Haytham Ahmed Shokry Ahmed; a.k.a. ELMAGHRABY, Haytham Ahmed Shukri Ahmad), Brazil; DOB 07 Sep 1986; POB Egypt; nationality Egypt; Gender Male; Passport A09538178 (Egypt); Tax ID No. 238.624.338-97 (Brazil) (individual) [SDGT].

AWADD, Mohamed Sherif Mohamed Mohamed (a.k.a. AWAAD, Mohamedsherif Mohamed Mohamed; a.k.a. AWAAD, Muhammad Sharif Muhammad Muhammad), Brazil; DOB 08 Jul 1973; nationality Egypt; alt. nationality Syria; Gender Male; Passport A17058452 (Egypt); Tax ID No. 713.286.841-13 (Brazil) (individual) [SDGT].

and entities:

ENTERPRISE COMERCIO DE MOVEIS E INTERMEDIACAO DE NEGOCIOS EIRELI (Latin: ENTERPRISE COMÉRCIO DE MOVEIS E INTERMEDIAÇÃO DE NEGOCIOS EIRELI) (a.k.a. "CASO E CASA"), Rua Ernesto Nazareth 18, Jardim Paraventi, Guarulhos, Sao Paulo 07120-230, Brazil; Rua Tapaciquara 54, Sala 01, Parque Renato Maia, Guarulhos, Sao Paulo 07114-220, Brazil; Organization Established Date 08 Oct 2019; Tax ID No. 35.116.112/0001-97 (Brazil) [SDGT] (Linked To: AL-KHATIB, Ahmad). 

HOME ELEGANCE COMERCIO DE MOVEIS EIRELI (Latin: HOME ELEGANCE COMÉRCIO DE MOVEIS EIRELI) (a.k.a. DAIANA PORTELLA COELHO COMERCIO DE MOVEIS E COLCHOES; a.k.a. MARROCOS MOVEIS E COLCHOES; a.k.a. MOHAMED AWAAD COMERCIO DE MOVEIS EIRELI; a.k.a. "HOME ELEGANCE"), Rua Dorezopolis, 669, Casa 03, Jardim Santa Clara, Guarulhos, Sao Paulo 07123-120, Brazil; Organization Established Date 11 Oct 2018; Tax ID No. 31.746.200/0001-11 (Brazil) [SDGT] (Linked To: AWADD, Mohamed Sherif Mohamed Mohamed).

under its counter terrorism sanctions program.

And Treasury:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Designates al-Qa’ida Support Network in Brazil

December 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated members of a Brazil-based network of al-Qa’ida-affiliated individuals and their companies for providing support to the terrorist group. Today’s action targets three individuals and two entities, including al-Qa’ida operative in Brazil Haytham Ahmad Shukri Ahmad Al-Maghrabi (Al-Maghrabi), as Specially Designated Global Terrorists pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended.

“The activities of this Brazil-based network demonstrate that al-Qa’ida remains a pervasive global terrorist threat, and today’s designations will help deny the group’s access to the formal financial system,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury Brian E. Nelson. “The United States is committed to working with our foreign partners, including Brazil, to dismantle al-Qa’ida’s financial support networks.”

Al-Qa’ida continues to pose a threat to the United States and other nations worldwide. Al-Qa’ida and its regional affiliates generate their funding from individual fundraisers in Gulf countries and supporters throughout the world. As al-Qa’ida generates almost all its revenue outside of the United States, the U.S. government has aggressively utilized financial tools to limit al-Qa’ida’s funding streams globally. This includes designating nearly 300 individuals and entities affiliated with al-Qa’ida and other terrorist organizations throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Gulf, Africa, and other regions.

HAYTHAM AHMAD SHUKRI AHMAD AL-MAGHRABI

In 2015, Al-Maghrabi arrived in Brazil, where he was one of the initial members of an al-Qa’ida network. Al-Maghrabi had frequent contact and business dealings, to include the purchase of foreign currency, with another al-Qa’ida-affiliated individual based in Brazil.  Al-Maghrabi reported to and was Ahmed Mohammed Hamed Ali’s al-Qa’ida contact in Brazil.  Ahmed Mohammed Hamed Ali (Ali) was designated as an SDGT pursuant to E.O. 13224 on October 12, 2001.

Treasury designated Haytham Ahmad Shukri Ahmad Al-Maghrabi 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, al-Qa’ida.

ADDITIONAL AL-QA’IDA INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR BUSINESSES

Mohamed Sherif Mohamed Mohamed Awadd (Awadd) arrived in Brazil in mid-2018 and received financial bank transfers from other al-Qa’ida associates in Brazil. As of late 2018, Awadd played a significant role in a Brazil-based al-Qa’ida-affiliated group and was involved in printing counterfeit currency. Awadd is the sole shareholder in and part of the management for Home Elegance Comercio de Moveis EIRELI, a Sao Paulo-based company that sells furniture.

Awadd 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, Mohamed Ahmed Elsayed Ahmed Ibrahim, who was designated on September 10, 2019 for having acted for or on behalf of al-Qa’ida.

Treasury designated Home Elegance Comercio de Moveis EIRELI pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for being owned, controlled, or directed by, directly or indirectly, Awadd.

Today’s action also targeted Brazil-based Ahmad Al-Khatib 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, Mohamed Ahmed Elsayed Ahmed Ibrahim.

Ahmad Al-Khatib is the sole shareholder in and part of the management for Sao Paulo-based furniture business Enterprise Comercio de Moveis e Intermediacao de Negocios EIRELI which is also designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for being owned, controlled, or directed by, directly or indirectly, Ahmad Al-Khatib.

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 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 entities 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 of a foreign financial institution that knowingly conducted or facilitated any significant transaction on behalf of a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

For information concerning the process for seeking removal from any OFAC list, including the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, please refer to OFAC’s Frequently Asked Question 897. Additional information regarding sanctions programs administered by OFAC.

and State:

Designation of al-Qa’ida Network in Brazil

PRESS STATEMENT

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE

DECEMBER 22, 2021Share

Al-Qa’ida and its regional affiliates continue to pose a threat to countries around the world. The United States is taking action today to stem the funding of this terrorist group by designating members of a Brazil-based network of al-Qa’ida-affiliated individuals and their companies as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

The United States is designating Haytham Ahmad Shukri Ahmad Al-Maghrabi, who was one of the initial members of an al-Qa’ida support network in Brazil. Al-Maghrabi had frequent contact and business dealings, to include the purchase of foreign currency, with another al-Qa’ida-affiliated individual based in Brazil. Others being designated are Mohamed Sherif Mohamed Awadd, who had received bank transfers from other al-Qa’ida associates in Brazil and played a significant role in a Brazil-based al-Qa’ida-affiliated group; Ahmad Al-Khatib, who is based in Brazil; as well as Awadd and Al-Khatib’s companies. These designations are being taken pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended.

The continued activities of this Brazil-based network demonstrate that al-Qa’ida remains a global terrorist threat. The United States is committed to working with our partners, including Brazil, to disrupt al-Qa’ida’s financial support networks.

issued press releases.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Press Releases: Treasury, State

Categories: Al-Qaida OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists Terrorism

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