OFAC TARGETS 3 PEOPLE AND 4 COMPANIES WITH TIES TO HIZBALLAH

OFAC has designated 3 people and 4 companies connected to Hizballah as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) on its list of Specially Designated Nationals, pursuant to Executive Order 13224. Listed people and entities have all of their assets within US jurisdiction frozen, and US persons are generally forbidden from doing business with them.

The new listings are:

  1. Adham Tabaja
  2. Kassem Hejeij
  3. Husayn Ali Faour
  1. Al-Inmaa Group for Tourism Works
  2. Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting
  3. Al-Inmaa for Entertainment and Leisure Projects
  4. Car Care Center

Mr Tabaja is said to maintain direct ties to senior Hizballah organisational elements, and his company Al-Inmaa Group for Tourism Works and its subsidiaries have been used as an investment mechanism for Hizballah. More recently, its Iraqi branches have been used to obtain oil and construction projects in Iraq, providing both financial support and organisational infrastructure to Hizballah.

Mr Hejeij is a Lebanese businessman who is said to support Mr Tabaja and his affiliated companies in Iraq, in addition to opening bank accounts for Hizballah in Lebanon and providing credit to Hizballah procurement companies, and Mr Faour is a member of Hizballah’s overseas terrorist group “Islamic Jihad” who has also managed Lebanon based Car Care Center, a front company used to supply Hizballah’s vehicle needs. Further, he has worked with Mr Tabaja to secure oil and construction projects for Al-Inmaa.

In its press release, the US Treasury highlights Hizballah’s “continued exploitation of the legitimate commercial sector for financial, organisational, and material support –from vehicles to investment and construction services- which enable the group to carry out acts of terrorism”, and Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam Szubin reiterates that “The United States will pursue any individual or company that supports Hizballah’s activities”.

We blogged previously about US Treasury sanctions against an African Hizballah support network here.

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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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