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)

  1. Issam Shammout
  1. Al-Naser Airlines
  2. 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)

  1. Myriam Beattie de Briones
  2. Abel Briones Ruiz
  3. Claudia Briones Ruiz
  4. Rogelio Nieto Gonzalez
  5. Magdalena Ruiz de Briones
  1. 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”.

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About Michael O'Kane

Michael O’Kane is a partner and Head of the Business Crime team at leading UK firm Peters & Peters. Described as ‘first-rate’ (Legal 500 2012), he “draws glowing praise from commentators” (Chambers 2013) for handling the international aspects of business crime, including sanctions, extradition and mutual legal assistance. Called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters he was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters(CPS). At CPS HQ he was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high profile fraud, terrorist and special interest criminal matters including the Stansted Airport Afghan hijacking and the prosecution of Paul Burrell (Princess Diana’s butler). Michael joined Peters & Peters in 2002. He became a partner in May 2004, and Head of the Business Crime team in May 2009. Since joining Peters & Peters, Michael has dealt with a wide range of business crime matters. He has particular expertise in international sanctions, criminal cartels, extradition, corruption, mutual legal assistance, and FSA investigations. Described as“ an influential practitioner in fraud and regulatory work, so much so that he is top of the referral lists of many City firms for independent advice for directors” (The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2009), he was recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative lawyers in the 2011 FT Innovative Lawyer Awards and included in the list of the UK's leading lawyers in 'The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery 2012. In 2012 he was the winner of the Global Competition Review Article of the Year. Michael regularly appears on television and radio to discuss his specialist areas and he is the author of the leading textbook on the UK Criminal Cartel Offence “The Law of Criminal Cartels-Practice and Procedure” (Oxford University Press 2009). Recent/Current Sanctions Work • Representing 109 individuals and 12 companies subject to designation by the European Council under targeted measures imposed against Zimbabwe. This is the largest and most complex collective challenge to a sanctions listing ever brought before the European Court. • Acting for a former Egyptian Minister and his UK resident wife, challenging their designation by the European Council of Ministers under targeted measures brought against former members of the Egyptian Government. • Advising a company accused in a UN investigation report to have breached UN sanctions imposed in relation to Somalia. • Advising a UK company in relation to ongoing commercial relationships with an Iranian company listed under both EU and UN sanctions. • Advising an individual in relation to a UK investigation for alleging breaching nuclear export controls.

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