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Lastly, OFAC: Burma sanctions, with some Boko Haram thrown in for good measure

OFAC has added the following persons:

ADAMU, Salihu Yusuf (Arabic: صالح يوسف ادامو) (a.k.a. ADAMU, Salih Yusuf), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 23 Aug 1990; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport A07038778 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

ALHASSAN, Ibrahim Ali (Arabic: ابراهيم علي الحسن), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 31 Jan 1981; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport A04687854 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

ISA, Muhammed Ibrahim (Arabic: محمد ابراهيم عيسى), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 01 Jan 1989; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport A06125000 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

MUHAMMAD, Surajo Abubakar (Arabic: سوراجو ابو بكر محمد) (a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Surajo Abu Bakr), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 03 Jul 1979; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport A06290994 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

MUSA, Abdurrahman Ado (Arabic: عبدالرحمن ادو موسى), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 23 Apr 1984; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport 170211735 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

YUSUF, Bashir Ali (Arabic: بشير علي يوسف); DOB 07 Aug 1984; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport A06077522 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).ADAMU, Salihu Yusuf (Arabic: صالح يوسف ادامو) (a.k.a. ADAMU, Salih Yusuf), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 23 Aug 1990; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport A07038778 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

ALHASSAN, Ibrahim Ali (Arabic: ابراهيم علي الحسن), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 31 Jan 1981; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport A04687854 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

ISA, Muhammed Ibrahim (Arabic: محمد ابراهيم عيسى), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 01 Jan 1989; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport A06125000 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

MUHAMMAD, Surajo Abubakar (Arabic: سوراجو ابو بكر محمد) (a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Surajo Abu Bakr), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 03 Jul 1979; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport A06290994 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

MUSA, Abdurrahman Ado (Arabic: عبدالرحمن ادو موسى), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 23 Apr 1984; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport 170211735 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

YUSUF, Bashir Ali (Arabic: بشير علي يوسف); DOB 07 Aug 1984; POB Nigeria; nationality Nigeria; citizen Nigeria; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224, as amended by Executive Order 13886; Passport A06077522 (Nigeria) (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: BOKO HARAM).

to its counter terrorism sanctions program, and the following persons:

AUNG, Naing Htut, Burma; DOB 27 Jan 1968; nationality Burma; Gender Male (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

AUNG, Sit Taing (a.k.a. ASUNG, Sit Thaing; a.k.a. AUNG, Sitt Thaing), Burma; DOB 13 Nov 1971; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

HEIN, Zaw, Burma; DOB 01 Jan 1974 to 31 Dec 1975; citizen Burma; Gender Male (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

OO, Aung Hlaing, Burma; DOB 11 Jun 1977; nationality Burma; Gender Male (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

OO, Ko Ko, Zayyarthiri, Nay Pyi Taw, Burma; DOB 02 Dec 1972; POB Bhamaw, Burma; nationality Burma; Gender Male; Passport OM039639 (Burma) issued 13 Nov 2015 expires 12 Nov 2020 (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

AUNG, Naing Htut, Burma; DOB 27 Jan 1968; nationality Burma; Gender Male (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

AUNG, Sit Taing (a.k.a. ASUNG, Sit Thaing; a.k.a. AUNG, Sitt Thaing), Burma; DOB 13 Nov 1971; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Gender Male (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

HEIN, Zaw, Burma; DOB 01 Jan 1974 to 31 Dec 1975; citizen Burma; Gender Male (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

OO, Aung Hlaing, Burma; DOB 11 Jun 1977; nationality Burma; Gender Male (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

OO, Ko Ko, Zayyarthiri, Nay Pyi Taw, Burma; DOB 02 Dec 1972; POB Bhamaw, Burma; nationality Burma; Gender Male; Passport OM039639 (Burma) issued 13 Nov 2015 expires 12 Nov 2020 (individual) [BURMA-EO14014].

and entities:

66TH LIGHT INFANTRY DIVISION (a.k.a. LIGHT INFANTRY DIVISION 66; a.k.a. "66 LID"; a.k.a. "#66 DIVISION"; a.k.a. "DIV. 66"; a.k.a. "LID 66"), Pyay Township, Bago Region, Burma; Target Type Government Entity [BURMA-EO14014].

ASIA GREEN DEVELOPMENT BANK LTD (a.k.a. AGD BANK; a.k.a. ASIA GREEN DEVELOPMENT BANK LIMITED; a.k.a. ASIA GREEN DEVELOPMENT BANK PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED), No. 73/75, Sule Pagoda Road, Pebadan Township, Yangon, Burma; SWIFT/BIC AGDBMMMY; Website http://www.agdbank.com; Organization Type: Other financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding activities, n.e.c.; National ID No. 103903351 (Burma) [BURMA-EO14014].

HTOO GROUP OF COMPANIES (a.k.a. HTOO GROUP; a.k.a. "HCG"), No. 5, Pyay Road, Hlaing Township, Yangon, Burma; Organization Type: Activities of holding companies; Target Type Private Company [BURMA-EO14014] (Linked To: ZA, Tay).

INTERNATIONAL GATEWAYS GROUP OF COMPANY LIMITED, Pyay Road No. 3X, Highland Avenue 6 Ward, 7 Mile, Mayangone Township, Yangon Region, Burma; Organization Type: Activities of holding companies; Target Type Private Company; Registration Number 182733636 (Burma) issued 29 Jun 2011 [BURMA-EO14014] (Linked To: AUNG, Naing Htut).

MYANMAR CHEMICAL AND MACHINERY COMPANY LIMITED (a.k.a. MCM GROUP), No. 566/KA, Yazahtarni Road, Paung Laung 2 Quarter, Pyinmana Township, Naypyitaw, Burma; NO.2, 7 Mile Hill, MG Weik Housing, Mayangone Township, Yangon Region, Burma; Organization Type: Wholesale of other machinery and equipment; Target Type Private Company; Registration Number 100220040 (Burma) issued 10 Feb 2001 [BURMA-EO14014] (Linked To: OO, Aung Hlaing).

to its Burma-related sanctions.

And Treasury issued press releases about the Burma actions:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Sanctions Military Leaders, Military-Affiliated Cronies and Businesses, and a Military Unit Prior to Armed Forces Day in Burma

March 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five individuals and five entities connected to Burma’s military regime pursuant to Executive Order (E.O) 14014. This action comes as the regime prepares to mark the 77th Armed Forces Day. The United States has concluded that the Burmese military committed genocide, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing against Rohingya. The military has committed atrocities and other abuses against members of other ethnic and religious minority groups for decades. Following the February 1, 2021, coup that overthrew Burma’s democratically elected civilian government, the military committed numerous atrocities against the people of Burma, including the violent repression of political dissent and violence against innocent people, including at pro-democracy protests during last year’s Armed Forces Day that killed more than 100 people.

“Brutality and oppression have become trademarks of the Burmese military regime’s rule,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson. “Treasury is committed to holding accountable those who are responsible for the ongoing violence and repression. We will continue to support the people of Burma, including those who are courageously standing in opposition to the military.”

THE BURMESE MILITARY

As part of today’s action, OFAC designated pursuant to E.O. 14014 the 66th Light Infantry Division (66 LID), a military unit based in Pyay Township, for being responsible for or complicit in, or having directly or indirectly engaged or attempted to engage in, the torture of any person in Burma or other serious human rights abuse in Burma. Members of the 66 LID have been accused of carrying out the Christmas Eve massacre in 2021, where civilians in Pyay and Hpruso Townships of Karen State were captured, tortured, and killed, including some whom members of the military reportedly burned alive. Multiple reports have counted women, children, and humanitarian workers among the casualties.

In addition to the 66 LID, OFAC has designated two individuals for being leaders or officials of the military or security forces of Burma. This includes Brigadier-General Ko Ko Oo, who serves as the Commander of Central Command and the head of the Ministry of Defense’s Technologies Department, and Major-General Zaw Hein, who serves as the Commander of the Nay Pyi Taw Command.

SUPPORT TO THE BURMESE MILITARY

Arms Dealers

OFAC designated the following individuals and related entities in connection with providing arms and equipment to Burma’s military regime.

Naing Htut Aung is designated pursuant to E.O. 14014 for operating in the defense sector of the Burmese economy. Naing Htut Aung is an arms dealer who has procured equipment from Chinese companies and has strong ties to members of the Burmese military leadership, including Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, who was previously designated on February 11, 2021, for being a leader or official of the Burmese military. His firm International Gateways Group of Company Limited is designated pursuant to E.O. 14014 for being owned or controlled by Naing Htut Aung.

Aung Hlaing Oo is designated pursuant to E.O. 14014 for operating in the defense sector of the Burmese economy. Aung Hlaing Oo has been a central figure in planning to set up a manufacturing facility in Burma with his company Myanmar Chemical & Machinery that would produce military arms and equipment for both domestic use and export, particularly tanks and mortars in conjunction with the previously designated Directorate of Defense Industries. Myanmar Chemical & Machinery is designated pursuant to E.O. 14014 for being owned or controlled by Aung Hlaing Oo.

Sit Taing Aung is designated pursuant to E.O. 14014 for operating in the defense sector of the Burmese economy. Sit Taing Aung has used his companies as fronts to broker arms deals for the Burmese military. He has close ties to members of the Burmese military leadership and other major arms suppliers, including Aung Hlaing Oo and Naing Htut Aung.

Companies owned by blocked individuals

Finally, the following entities are owned or controlled by, or have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to E.O. 14014.

Htoo Group of Companies is designated pursuant to E.O. 14014 for being owned or controlled by Tay Za, who was previously designated on January 31, 2022, for operating in the defense sector of the Burmese economy. Asia Green Development Bank Ltd is subsequently designated pursuant to E.O. 14014 for being owned or controlled by the Htoo Group of Companies.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s action, pursuant to E.O. 14014, 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, 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 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.

U.S. sanctions need not be permanent. Sanctions are intended to bring about a positive change of behavior. Consistent with the findings of Treasury’s Sanctions Review, the removal of sanctions is available for persons designated under E.O. 14014, who take concrete and meaningful actions to restore the path to democracy and disassociate themselves from the military-led government in Burma.

For detailed information on the process to submit a request for removal from an OFAC sanctions list.

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

and the counter terrorism actions:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Sanctions Six Individuals for Raising funds in the United Arab Emirates to Support Nigeria’s Boko Haram Terrorist Group

March 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a network of six individuals connected to Nigeria-based terrorist group, Boko Haram.  All six were found guilty of establishing a Boko Haram cell in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to raise funds for and provide material assistance to Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria.  OFAC’s action follows arrests, prosecutions, and designations in the UAE in September 2021, demonstrating the commitment of the Emirati government to using judicial measures and targeted financial sanctions to disrupt the flow of funds to these networks. 

“With this action, the United States joins the UAE in targeting terrorist financing networks of mutual concern,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury Brian Nelson.  “Treasury continues to target financial facilitators of terrorist activity worldwide.  We welcome multilateral action on this Boko Haram network to ensure that it is not able to move any further funds through the international financial system.”

OFAC designated Abdurrahman Ado MusaSalihu Yusuf AdamuBashir Ali YusufMuhammed Ibrahim IsaIbrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammadpursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, which targets terrorists, leaders, and officials of terrorist groups, and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.  The U.S. Department of State designated Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on November 14, 2013.

BOKO HARAM NETWORK IN THE UAE

The UAE Federal Court of Appeals in Abu Dhabi convicted Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad for transferring $782,000 from Dubai to Boko Haram in Nigeria.  Salihu Yusuf Adamu and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad were sentenced to life imprisonment for violations of UAE anti-terrorism laws; Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, and Ibrahim Ali Alhassan were sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by deportation.  Today’s designations will prevent these individuals’ funds from being used further to support terrorism.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the individuals 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 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.

The power and integrity of OFAC sanctions derive not only from its ability to designate and add persons to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List), but also from its willingness to remove persons from the SDN List consistent with the law.  The ultimate goal of sanctions is not to punish but to bring about a positive change in behavior.  For information concerning the process for seeking removal from an OFAC list, including the SDN List, please refer to OFAC’s Frequently Asked Question 897 here.  For detailed information on the process to submit a request for removal from an OFAC sanctions list, please here.

Additional information regarding sanctions programs administered by OFAC can be found here.

State did so, too… for Burma:

United States and Allies Impose Additional Sanctions on the Burmese Military Regime

PRESS STATEMENT

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE

MARCH 25, 2022

As we approach one year since the horrific violence perpetrated by the Burmese military on Armed Forces Day 2021, in which more than 100 people were killed, the United States is imposing sanctions on five Burmese individuals and five entities in response to the regime’s brutal crackdown against the people of Burma.  Since the February 2021 military coup, the military regime has only intensified its violent crackdown and killed more than 1,700 people, including women, children, and aid workers.  Regime security forces have detained more than 13,000 people, imprisoned former State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other former government leaders, and dispersed peaceful demonstrations with lethal force.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated Burmese business leaders Aung Hlaing Oo, Naing Htut Aung, and Sit Taing Aung, as well as Burmese military officials Zaw Hein and Ko Ko Oo.  OFAC has also designated the 66th Light Infantry Division, which has been tied to the “Christmas Eve massacre” in December, for its responsibility for the arbitrary detention or torture of people in Burma.  Additionally, OFAC has designated Myanmar Chemical & Machinery Company Limited (MC&M), International Gateways Groups of Company Limited (IGG), Htoo Group of Companies (Htoo Group), and the Asian Green Development Bank (AGDB), companies owned by Burmese business leaders.  All of these designations were made under Executive Order 14014 “Blocking Property with Respect to the Situation in Burma.”  With these designations, the United States government has sanctioned 27 entities and 70 individuals for their actions in support of the regime.

I recently announced the United States’ determination that members of the Burmese military committed genocide and crimes against humanity against Rohingya, most of whom are Muslim.  We also recognize that for decades the Burmese military has killed, raped, and committed other atrocities against members of other ethnic and religious minority groups.  Many of these military members are in power today.  Since the coup, the military regime has shown it will target any person, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, or age, in order to maintain its grip on power.

We have taken these actions today in response to the regime’s escalating violence, to show our strong support for the people of Burma, and to promote accountability in connection with the coup and the violence perpetrated by the regime.  We will continue to impose costs on the military regime and those who support it until it ceases the violence and restores Burma’s path to democracy.

The United States appreciates the coordinated actions taken today by the United Kingdom and Canada under their respective sanctions programs to target Burmese actors responsible for violence and repression.

and Boko Haram:

Designation of Six Individuals for their Support to Boko Haram

PRESS STATEMENT

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON

MARCH 25, 2022Share

The United States is designating six individuals for their support of the terrorist group Boko Haram.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has added Nigerian nationals Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, pursuant to Executive Order 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, Boko Haram.

Today’s action follows the United Arab Emirates’ prosecutions, convictions, and designations of these individuals for supporting terrorism. The Department of State designated Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization on November 14, 2013. The Nigeria-based group is responsible for numerous attacks in the northern and northeastern regions of the country as well as in the Lake Chad Basin in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have killed thousands of people since 2009.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Releases – Boko Haram, Burma

State Department Press Releases – Boko Haram, Burma

Categories: Boko Haram Burma Sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists Terrorism

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