The EU has updated its Afghanistan, Libya, Belarus, and Counter-Terrorism sanctions regimes.


The EU’s Afghanistan sanctions target people associated with the Taliban and who constitute a threat to the peace, stability, or security of the country. The EU has added Abdul Basir Noorzai and the entity Haji Basir and Zarjmil Company Hawala to its listings, and deleted the entry of Sangeen Zadran Sher Mohammad.

The update is made by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1322 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 753/2011 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1332 implementing Council Decision 2011/486/CFSP. HM Treasury’s notice is here. The EU’s notices to listed persons are here and here.


The EU has updated the identifying information for 20 people and 16 entities listed under its sanctions regime on Libya, by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1323 implementing Council Regulation 204/2011. It has also consolidated the restrictive measures imposed by Council Decision 2011/137/CFSP, as amended by subsequent Decisions, into Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 and repealed the former Decision. HM Treasury’s notice is here.

In addition, the EU has added a new exception to its arms embargo on Libya for military equipment that will not be used for internal repression and is solely intended for security or disarmament assistance to the Libyan government, as approved by the UN sanctions committee on Libya. Further, it has made other minor changes to the wording of the Regulation. The changes are made by Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1324 amending Council Regulation (EU) 204/2011.

The EU’s notices to listed persons are here and here.


24 people have been removed from the EU’s Belarus sanctions listings. The deletions are made by Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1335 implementing Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP. HM Treasury’s notice is here.


In accordance with a decision by the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council, the EU has removed Aliaskhab Alibulatovich Kebekov from its Al Qaida sanctions listings and added two aliases for listed person Mohammed Al Ghabra. The changes are made by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1330 amending Council Regulation (EC) 881/2002. HM Treasury’s notice is here.

The EU has also reviewed its Counter-Terrorism listings under Common Position 2001/931/CFSP, as it is required to do at regular intervals, and decided that all 10 listed people and 23 entities should continue to be subject to the restrictive measures provided for therein. The extension is set out in Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1325 implementing Council Regulation (EC) 2580/2001 and repealing Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/513 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1334 updating the list of persons subject to Common Position 2001/931/CFSP and repealing Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/521. The EU’s notice to listed persons 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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