OFAC adds 2 Turkish Ministers to Magnitsky sanctions list over detention of US pastor Brunson

Turkey-USA BreakupYesterday, OFAC added Turkey’s Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu to its Global Magnitsky sanctions list (Executive Order 13818), on the basis that they played “leading roles in the organizations responsible for the arrest and detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson”. As a result, both individuals are now subject to US asset freezes and travel bans. See OFAC Notice and Treasury press release.

Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted that the US would impose “large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson” (previous blog).

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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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