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:
- Adham Tabaja
- Kassem Hejeij
- Husayn Ali Faour
- Al-Inmaa Group for Tourism Works
- Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting
- Al-Inmaa for Entertainment and Leisure Projects
- 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.