OFAC sanctions senior Taliban leader

OFAC has designated Torek Agha, a senior Taliban leader and fundraiser, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on its SDN list. In the Treasury’s press release, Acting Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam Szubin states that Torek Agha is “a long-standing Taliban member”, who “has been central to spearheading brutal military attacks and raising millions of dollars to support the Taliban’s ruthless acts of terrorism”, adding that the new listing is another step in US efforts “to financially cripple the group”.  Among other activities as a senior member of the Taliban, Agha is alleged to have authorised the assassination of numerous Afghan government officials.

Under US sanctions, designated people and entities have all of their assets within US jurisdiction frozen and US persons are generally prohibited from doing business with them.

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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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