HM Treasury has published a notice confirming that the EU asset freeze against Mazen Al-Tabbaa has been lifted.

The lifting of the asset freeze follows a judgment of the General Court of the European Union, handed down on 25 August 2014, annulling the EU sanctions listing of Mr Al-Tabbaa on its Syria sanctions (see previous blog). The judgment was not appealed and so the annulment order has now come into force.

Mr Al-Tabbaa was originally listed on the basis that he was a business partner of two people “responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria”, and the owner of a currency exchange which “supports the policy of the Central Bank of Syria”.  The sanctions on Mr Al-Tabbaa were first imposed by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 410/2012 and Council Implementing Decision 2012/256/CFSP.

Maya Lester appeared for Mr Al-Tabbaa in the General Court.  A list of EU sanctions in force against Syria can be found in the “sanctions in force” section of this blog.

This entry was posted in Court Procedure, European Court Cases, Syria by Maya Lester QC. Bookmark the permalink.

About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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