OFAC UPDATES US NARCOTICS, TERRORISM, ZIMBABWE, & CUBA SANCTIONS REGIMES

OFAC has updated its lists of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) that relate to the USA’s narcotics, counter-terrorism, Zimbabwe, and Cuba targeted regimes, as follows.

Narcotics: OFAC has designated 4 Colombian nationals resident in Switzerland (Mr Pacheco, Espejo, Zamorano & Mejia) and 2 related entities as Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpins (SDNTK), for providing support for narcotics trafficking and money laundering activities for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) group and Omar Padilla, the FARC’s International Commission member for France, Italy, and Switzerland. The entities listed are Colombiano Latin Shop and Adolfo Fonnegra Espejo Trading & Investment. OFAC has de-listed 25 persons designated as SDNTs or SDNTKs.

Counter-Terrorism: OFAC has added Abdul Aziz Haqqani as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and deleted the listings of Sajid Mohammed Badat and Revolutionary Organization 17 November.

Zimbabwe: OFAC has de-listed Nathan Shamuyarira, Politburo Secretary for Information and Publicity, Lovemore Sekeramayi, Chief Elections Officer, Louise Nkomo, wife of the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation, and Empowerment, and Oryx Natural Resources from its Zimbabwe sanctions list. In June, the USA stated that it will continue to impose targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe, and that it did not feel “pressured” by the EU’s decision last year to lift EU sanctions on all but President Mugabe, Grace Mugabe, and Zimbabwe Defence Industries (see previous blog).

Cuba: OFAC has de-listed 71 people and entities.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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