OFAC has removed 6 people from its list of Specially Designated Nationals, who have all of their assets within US jurisdiction frozen and are subject to a prohibition on US persons doing business with them.  3 of the people were listed under OFAC’s Burma/Myanmar designations and 3 under its Balkans designations.

The people whose entries have been deleted are:


  1. Soe Win
  2. Maung Bo
  3. Thidar Zaw (aka. Daw Thidar Zaw; Thida Zaw)

Soe Win was the Prime Minister of Burma/Myanmar from 2004 until his death in 2007.  Thidar Zaw is the wife of another listed individual, Tay Za, a Burmese business tycoon and close associate of former head of state Than Shwe.


  1. Rahim Ademi
  2. Esad Landzo
  3. Pasko Ljubicic

Rahim Ademi was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2001 but was acquitted in 2008 by the Croatian court to which he was referred by the ICTY and his acquittal was upheld by Croatia’s supreme court in 2010.  Esad Landzo was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1998 by the ICTY for breaches of the Geneva Conventions and other violations of the laws or customs of war during his time as a prison camp guard.  Pasko Ljucbicic was found guilty of war crimes during his time serving in Croatia’s military police by the ICTY in 2008 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

OFAC’s notice is 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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