OFAC has updated its list of Specially Designated Nationals jointly under its Counter Terrorism and Iranian Financial Sanctions regimes to add 1 person, 2 companies, and 9 aircraft as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, and under its Counter Narcotics regime to add 5 people and 2 entities as Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpins. Details of the new listings are here.
The joint Counter Terrorism and Iran designations are made pursuant to Executive Order 13224, and the Counter Narcotics designations are made pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.
Counter Terrorism (SDGT) & Iranian Financial Sanctions (IFSR)
- Issam Shammout
- Al-Naser Airlines
- Sky Blue Bird Aviation
- 9 aircraft linked to Mahan Air
In its press release, the US Treasury stated that the designations follow a government-wide effort to target procurement of aircraft and aircraft parts for designated Iranian airline Mahan Air by the people listed, and are part of US efforts to counter Iranian sanctions evasion and target support to designated terrorist entities. In early May 2015, Al-Naser is said to have transferred at least 8 Airbus A340s and 1 Airbus 320 to Mahan Air.
The 9 aircraft, linked to Mahan Air, are listed in order to make it easier for parties to keep track of Mahan Air’s blocked property and more difficult to evade the sanctions against it. Mahan Air was listed in 2011, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, for providing support to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force, another entity listed as a SDGT.
Counter Narcotics (SDNTK)
- Myriam Beattie de Briones
- Abel Briones Ruiz
- Claudia Briones Ruiz
- Rogelio Nieto Gonzalez
- Magdalena Ruiz de Briones
- Combustibles Briones
The US Treasury press release states that Abel Briones Ruiz, using his network of transporters, “has distributed significant quantities of cocaine through the Southwest border for sale in the United States”. Acting Director of OFAC John Smith said that the designations allow the US to “financially isolate this long-time cocaine trafficker and those supporting his operations”.