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A three-parter from OFAC today: updates to the Kingpin Act (narcotics trafficking) and anti-terrorism sanctions, and release of a beta version of a fuzzy search tool.

First, there are a sizable number of new designations under the narcotics trafficking sanctions:

​GARCIA AYALA, Filemon, C Constitucion # 32, Col Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Zacatecas 98400, Mexico; Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico; Rio Grande, Zacatecas, Mexico; DOB 28 Oct 1948; alt. DOB 26 Oct 1948; alt. DOB 27 Oct 1948; POB Loreto, Zacatecas, Mexico; Passport 160010455 (Mexico) issued 03 May 2002 expires 03 May 2012; C.U.R.P. GAAF481027HZSRYL07 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. GAAF481026HTSRYL08 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

INTERNACIONAL & NACIONAL EXCHANGE SERVICES, INC., Pharr, TX; Business Registration Document # 801199276 (Texas); Tax ID No. 32040757414 [SDNTK].

PRODIRA CASA DE CAMBIO, ACTIVIDAD AUXILIAR DEL CREDITO S.A. DE C.V., Blvd La Florida 3-A, Colonia La Florida, Guadalupe, Zacatecas 98618, Mexico; RFC PCC031010989 (Mexico) issued 18 Dec 2003 [SDNTK].

PRODIRA S.A. DE C.V., CASA DE CAMBIO, ACTIVIDAD DEL CREDITO (a.k.a. PRODIRA CASA DE CAMBIO INCORPORATED), Pharr, TX; Business Registration Document # 801041970 (Texas); Tax ID No. 32038179357 [SDNTK].

PRODIRA, INC., Aurora, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Des Moines, IA; Pharr, TX; Business Registration Document # F-853615-0 (Arizona); alt. Business Registration Document # 20011210699 (Colorado); alt. Business Registration Document # 335187 (Iowa); alt. Business Registration Document # 148693800 (Texas); Tax ID No. 17428803666 [SDNTK].

TRASTREVA S.A. DE C.V., Av. La Florida 3, La Florida, Guadalupe, Zacatecas 98610, Mexico; Cedula No. DLC/P/152/2011 (Mexico); R.F.C. TRA0010109E4 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

Second, a large number of deletions were made under the anti-terror sanctions:

ATWAH, Muhsin Musa Matwalli (a.k.a. ABDEL RAHMAN; a.k.a. ABDUL RAHMAN; a.k.a. AL-MUHAJIR, Abdul Rahman; a.k.a. AL-NAMER, Mohammed K.A.), Afghanistan; DOB 19 Jun 1964; POB Egypt; citizen Egypt (individual) [SDGT].

ABDEL RAHMAN (a.k.a. ABDUL RAHMAN; a.k.a. AL-MUHAJIR, Abdul Rahman; a.k.a. AL-NAMER, Mohammed K.A.; a.k.a. ATWAH, Muhsin Musa Matwalli), Afghanistan; DOB 19 Jun 1964; POB Egypt; citizen Egypt (individual) [SDGT].

ABDUL RAHMAN (a.k.a. ABDEL RAHMAN; a.k.a. AL-MUHAJIR, Abdul Rahman; a.k.a. AL-NAMER, Mohammed K.A.; a.k.a. ATWAH, Muhsin Musa Matwalli), Afghanistan; DOB 19 Jun 1964; POB Egypt; citizen Egypt (individual) [SDGT].

AL-MUHAJIR, Abdul Rahman (a.k.a. ABDEL RAHMAN; a.k.a. ABDUL RAHMAN; a.k.a. AL-NAMER, Mohammed K.A.; a.k.a. ATWAH, Muhsin Musa Matwalli), Afghanistan; DOB 19 Jun 1964; POB Egypt; citizen Egypt (individual) [SDGT].

AL-NAMER, Mohammed K.A. (a.k.a. ABDEL RAHMAN; a.k.a. ABDUL RAHMAN; a.k.a. AL-MUHAJIR, Abdul Rahman; a.k.a. ATWAH, Muhsin Musa Matwalli), Afghanistan; DOB 19 Jun 1964; POB Egypt; citizen Egypt (individual) [SDGT].

MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

ALLY, Fahid Mohammed (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

MSALAM, Mohammed Ally (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

AL-KINI, Usama (a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahad Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

MSALAM, Fahad Ally (a.k.a. AL-KINI, Usama; a.k.a. ALLY, Fahid Mohammed; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. MSALAM, Fahid Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MSALAM, Mohammed Ally; a.k.a. MUSALAAM, Fahid Mohammed Ali; a.k.a. SALEM, Fahid Muhamad Ali); DOB 19 Feb 1976; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

SWEDAN, Sheikh (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

“BAHAMADI, Sheikh” (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

ALLY, Ahmed (a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

“BAHAMAD” (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

“BAHAMAD, Sheik” (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “AHMED THE TALL”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

“AHMED THE TALL” (a.k.a. ALLY, Ahmed; a.k.a. SUWEIDAN, Sheikh Ahmad Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salem; a.k.a. SWEDAN, Sheikh Ahmed Salim; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD”; a.k.a. “BAHAMAD, Sheik”; a.k.a. “BAHAMADI, Sheikh”); DOB 09 Apr 1969; alt. DOB 09 Apr 1960; POB Mombasa, Kenya; citizen Kenya (individual) [SDGT].

ALI, Abbas Abdi, Mogadishu, Somalia (individual) [SDGT].

DARWISH, Sulayman Khalid (a.k.a. “ABU AL-GHADIYA”), Syria; DOB 1976; alt. DOB circa 1974; POB Outside Damascus, Syria; nationality Syria; Passport 3936712 (Syria); alt. Passport 11012 (Syria) (individual) [SDGT].

“ABU AL-GHADIYA” (a.k.a. DARWISH, Sulayman Khalid), Syria; DOB 1976; alt. DOB circa 1974; POB Outside Damascus, Syria; nationality Syria; Passport 3936712 (Syria); alt. Passport 11012 (Syria) (individual) [SDGT].

Lastly, OFAC has updated its SDN Search Tool to include fuzzy logic. You can adjust the sensitivity of the search to be more or less permissive. Here’s the FAQ from the information page:

1) How does SDN Search work?

In addition to returning results that are exact matches (when the match threshold slider bar is set to 100%), SDN Search can also provide a broader set of results using fuzzy logic. This logic uses character and string matching as well as phonetic matching. Only the name field of SDN Search invokes fuzzy logic when the tool is run. The other fields on the tool use character matching logic. Please click here for more information on what a true SDN match is.

2) What does the SDN Search Score mean?

The score field indicates the similarity between the name entered and resulting matches on the SDN List. It is calculated using two matching logic algorithms: one based upon phonetics, and a second based upon the similarity of the characters in the two strings. A score of 100 indicates an exact match, while lower scores indicate potential matches.

3) How do I use the Minimum Name Score field and score slider bar?

The minimum name score field limits the number of names returned by the search. A value of 100 will return only names that exactly match the characters entered into the name field. A value of 50 will return all names that are deemed to be 50% similar based upon the matching logic of the search tool. By lowering the match threshold the system will return a broader result set.

4) How is the Score calculated?

SDN search uses two matching logic algorithms, and two matching logic techniques to calculate the score. The two algorithms are Jaro-Winkler, a string difference algorithm, and Soundex, a phonetic algorithm. The first technique involves using the Jaro-Winkler algorithm to compare the entire name string entered against full name strings of SDN entries. The second technique involves splitting the name string entered into multiple name parts (for example, John Doe would be split into two name parts). Each name part is then compared to name parts on the SDN list using the Jaro-Winkler and Soundex algorithms. The search calculates a score for each name part entered, and a composite score for all name parts entered. SDN Search uses both techniques each time the search is run, and returns the higher of the two scores in the Score column.

5) Does OFAC recommend a specific match threshold score?

OFAC cannot make such a recommendation because each search has its own unique set of facts surrounding it. Users of SDN Search must make their own match threshold determinations based upon their own internal risk assessments and established compliance practices.

6) What fields influence the score?

Only the name field influences the score.

7) What fields use fuzzy logic?

Only the name field uses the fuzzy searching logic.

8) When conducting a search using the ID field, does SDN Search account for variations in non-alphanumeric characters?

At present, SDN Search’s ID field uses exact character matching to provide users with a result. In order to receive the broadest number of results, users should conduct ID field searches both with and without any non-alphanumeric characters. An upcoming update to SDN Search will allow for searching of the ID field regardless of whether or not non-alphanumeric characters are included.

Links:

OFAC Press release
SDN Fuzzy Logic Search Tool page

Today, SECO, the Swiss regulatory body, updated its Osama bin Laden/Al Qaida/Taliban sanctions, its Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions and its North Korean (DPRK) sanctions.

The DRC sanctions added 2 individuals and 2 companies. The North Korean sanctions were changed to include 10 new listings. The Osama bin Laden/Al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions were updated to delete 4 listings and to amend one.

The Watchlists page has been updated accordingly

Links:

SECO North Korea sanctions update
Changes to North Korean sanctions – PDF, XML
Updated Consolidated North Korean sanctions (February 5, 2013)
SECO Democratic Republic of the Congo sanctions update
Changes to DRC sanctions – PDF, XML
Updated Consolidated DRC sanctions (February 5, 2013)
SECO Osama bin Laden/Al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions update
Changes to Osama bin Laden/Al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions – PDF, XML
Updated Consolidated Osama bin Laden/Al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions

Her Majesty’s Treasury’s (HMT) Terrorist Asset-Freezing Etc. Act 2010 puts an expiration date of designations under the Act. HMT, however, can renew the designations as long as it does it before they expire.

On Monday, HMT renewed the following designations, all in Latin America:

1. EJERCITO DE LIBERACION NACIONAL (ELN) a.k.a: National Liberation Army
Other Information: Both UK listing and EU listing Group ID: 7364.
2. FUERZAS ARMADAS REVOLUCIONARIAS DE COLOMBIA a.k.a: (1) FARC
(2) Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Other Information: Both UK listing and EU listing Group ID: 7418.
3. SENDERO LUMINOSO (SL)
a.k.a: Shining Path
Other Information: Both UK listing and EU listing Group ID: 7440.

Links:

HMT Press Release

On Friday, OFAC buried a small enforcement action behind a couple of mouse clicks (like it did with Dal-Tech and Bank Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ).

This one was for violation of the Iranian Transaction Regulations and Executive Order 13382, which are the WMD sanctions regulations. Offshore Marine Laboratories shipped parts to the UAE for an oil rig in Iranian waters. Base penalty: $167K. Final civil penalty: $97.695

I always wonder why they have such odd amounts and don’t just round the figures….

This one was not voluntarily self-disclosed, but wasn’t consider egregious. Here’s the skinny from OFAC as to why the fine landed where it did:

OML harmed sanctions program objectives because the transactions aided the development of Iranian petroleum resources; OML had no OFAC compliance program in place at the time of the alleged violations; OML has no history of prior OFAC violations; OML demonstrated substantial cooperation with OFAC throughout the investigation, including entering into a statute of limitations tolling agreement; and OML took remedial measures by implementing an OFAC compliance program.

Mr. Watchlist wonders what makes this non-egregious. Maybe because it was very limited in scope – a single type of transaction conducted with a single counterparty (over the span of about a year). Clearly it pales in comparison to the recent large penalties where there was a more general failing.

What is also interesting is that the counterparty was in the UAE – a firm such as OML needs to drill down when it engages in sales transactions as to the ultimate destination and use of its products, and can’t rely on the name and location of the immediate counterparty. It’s kind of similar to Transocean’s slip-ups regarding leasing a drilling rig for waters off the coast of Burma – controlled by someone on the SDN list.

Link:

OFAC Enforcement Action Notice

On Friday (while I was wending my way back to the airport from a client engagement), Her Majesty’s Treasury, on the heels of the EU changing its regulations – which was on the heels on a change to the UN sanctions – removed 3 individuals from its Afghan sanctions list:

1. EKHTIYAR MOHAMMAD, Abdul Razaq.
Title: Maulavi/Mawlana DOB: (1) –/–/1958. (2) –/–/1955. (3) –/–/1956. (4) –/–/1957.
POB: Shah Wali Kot District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
Nationality: Afghan
National Identification no: 077513 (Afghan) (tazkira). Issued in Paghman District, Kabul
Province, Afghanistan
Address: 2nd Street, Qalaie-e-Kashif area, District Number 5, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Position: Minister of Commerce under the Taliban regime Other Information: UN Ref TI.A.17.01.
Group ID: 6913.
2. HAMIDI, Zabihullah
DOB: (1) –/–/1958. (2) –/–/1959.
POB: Payeen Bagh village, Kahmard District, Bamyan Province, Afghanistan a.k.a: MIR, Taj
Nationality: Afghan
Address: Dashti Shor area, Mazari Sharif, Balkh Province, Afghanistan. Position: Deputy Minister of Higher Education under the Taliban regime Other Information: UN Ref TI.H.45.01.
Group ID: 7158.
3. ABDUL GHAFAR, Abdul Wahab
Title: Maulavi
DOB: –/–/1973.
POB: Kuzbahar village, Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan a.k.a: ABDUL WAHAB
Nationality: Afghan
Position: (1) Taliban Charge d’Affaires in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
(2) First Secretary, Taliban Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan
Other Information: UN Ref TI.A.123.01. Member of Taliban Quetta Shura as at 2010. Confirmed to have died in December 2010 in Pakistan.
Group ID: 6915.

and amended the information on Badruddin Haqqani:

1. HAQQANI, Badruddin DOB: (1) –/–/1975. (2) –/–/1976. (3) –/–/1977. (4) –/–/1978. (5) –/–/1979.
POB: Miramshah, North Waziristan, Pakistan
Address: Miram Shah, Pakistan.
Other Information: UN Ref T.I.H.151.11. Operational commander of the Haqqani Network and member of the Taliban shura in Miram Shah. Has helped lead attacks against targets in south-eastern Afghanistan. Son of Jalaluddin Haqqani. Brother of Sirajuddin Jallaloudine Haqqani and Nasiruddin Haqqani. Nephew of Khalil Ahmed Haqqani. Also referred to as Atiqullah. Reportedly deceased in late August 2012
Group ID: 11914.

The change is the notice about his demise.

Links:

HMT Press Release
EU Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 86/2013

The Aussies, on the heels of changes to the UN sanctions programs for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Liberia, have updated their Consolidated List.

Two individuals and two entities were added to the DRC sanctions:

Name (last/first): BADEGE, Eric. Date of Birth (DOB): 1971.

Name (last/first): RUNIGA, Jean-Marie Lugerero. Date of Birth (DOB): Approximately 1960.

Name (last/first): Forces Democratiques De Liberation Du Rwanda (FDLR). Alias: Forces Democratiques De Liberation Du Rwanda. Alias: FDLR. Alias: Force Combattante Abacunguzi. Alias: FOCA. Alias: Combatant Force for the Liberation of Rwanda.

Passport/Identifying Information: Address: Fdlr@fmx.de; fldrrse@yahoo.fr; fdlr@gmx.net; Location: North and South Kivu, DRC.

Name (last/first): M23.

and one person’s (Richard Ammar Chichakli) information was amended under the Liberia sanctions to include the following information:

Additional Aliases

Jehad ALMUSTAFA
Jehad ALMUSARA
Jhad ALMUSTASA

Additional Place of Birth/Date of Birth

10 July 1967
Deirazzor, Syria

Additional Passport/Identifying Information

SSN: 405 41 5342 or 467 79 1065
Address: 225 Syracuse Place, Richardson, Texas 75081, USA
811 South Central Expressway Suite 210, Richardson, Texas 75080, USA

51 Churchill Ave.
Reservoir VIC 3073
Australia

Syrian passport # 002680351 (issued 25 April 2007, expires 24 April 2013)

Drivers license number 099711346 (issued by the State of Victoria, Australia)

Arrested on 10 January 2013 in Australian State of Victoria, pursuant to an INTERPOL Red Notice

There is a lengthy Designation/Justification section for each of the additions to the DRC listings. I’ve edited it out to make this a little easier to digest – feel free to go read the detail from the source.

Additionally, the Liberia listing is done in a tabular format that was not conducive to cutting and pasting while retaining the format, so I converted it to the format you see here.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Links:

UN Committee Press Release on DRC sanctions changes
UN Committee Press Release on Liberia sanctions changes

Today, Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) passed a new regulation for the purpose of revoking a 2012 regulation that restricted financial dealings between UK financial institutions and Iranian financial institutions.

Why? Because the EU passed its own regulations which were very similar. In order to not have confusion between the two, HTM revoked its regulations in order to substitute the EU ones.

Here are the significant differences, from the press release:

• No licence is required if the transfer between a UK credit or financial institution and an Iranian credit or financial institution is under €10,000.
• No prior authorisation is required if the transfer between a UK credit or financial institution and an Iranian credit or financial institution is a personal remittance and is under €40,000. A prior notification must be sent to the Treasury if the transfer is of €10,000 or more.
• Humanitarian payments involving UK credit and financial institutions and Iranian credit and financial institutions are exempt from the prohibition on transfers of funds between UK credit and financial institutions and Iranian credit and financial institutions if they are of €100,000 or under. A prior notification must be sent to the Treasury if the transfer is of €10,000 or above.
• Article 30(2) of EU Regulation 1263/2012 sets out other grounds on which the Treasury may authorise transfers of funds between UK credit and financial institutions and Iranian credit and financial institutions.
• It remains prohibited to make funds or economic resources directly or indirectly available to any person, entity or body designated under the EU Regulation, including the designated Iranian banks.

The release has a really nice table at the end summarizing the totality of these restrictons, by the way.

Links:

HMT Press Release