EU General Court upholds Syria sanctions listings

CJEU1The EU General Court has upheld the 2016-18 Syria sanctions listings of Ehab Makhlouf (cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad), Razan Othman (wife of EU-sanctioned Rami Makhlouf), and Syriatel Mobile Telecom (Joint Stock Company) (Syrian mobile telephone services company). See judgments (French only): T-409/16, T-416/16 and T-411/16 (12 December 2018).

Ehab Makhlouf was listed for being a leading Syrian businessman (Vice President of and shareholder in Syriatel Mobile Telecom) and an influential member of the Makhlouf family and closely connected with the Assad family. Razan Othman is listed for being associated with, and benefiting from, the Syrian regime because of her close personal and financial relations with Rami Makhlouf, cousin of President Assad and principal financier of the regime. Syriatel Mobile Telecom is listed for being controlled by Rami Makhlouf, and for providing financial support to the Syrian regime by paying significant profits to the Government under its licencing agreement.

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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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