OFAC adds Jamaican ISIS recruiter to terrorist sanctions list

OFAC2OFAC has added ‘Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal’, a Jamaican-based Islamic cleric, to its terrorist sanctions list for providing “recruitment services to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)”.

In particular, Mr al-Faisal is stated to have “facilitated and helped connect ISIS recruits with those who could arrange travel and entry into ISIS-controlled territory in order to join ISIS”. Moreover, that he “helped hide those seeking to join ISIS or travel to ISIS-controlled territory”, as well as “vouch[ing] for those seeking to join ISIS”. OFAC Notice here, and US Treasury press release here.

OFSI renews 2 TAFA designations

OFSI1The UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has renewed the designations of ‘Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command’ and ‘Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)’ under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (TAFA).

OFSI Notice here. Proscribed organisations may appeal to the High Court (or, in Scotland, to the Court of Session) against the OFSI decisions renewing their final designations under s.26 TAFA – see previous blogs in relation to the ISYF’s appeals.

OFAC releases 2016 Terrorist Assets Report

Logo_of_the_U.S._Office_of_Foreign_Assets_Control_(OFAC)OFAC has published its 2016 Terrorist Assets Report, outlining the “nature and extent of assets held in the United States by terrorism-supporting countries and organizations engaged in international terrorism”.

The Report states that sanctions targeting international terrorist organisations had resulted in the blocking of approximately $34m in the US. Whereas, approximately $149m in assets relating to the three designated state sponsors of terrorism in 2016 (Iran, Sudan and Syria) had been blocked.

EU Al-Aqsa listing amended

EU2The EU has published a Notice amending the terrorist asset freeze listing of Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade in light of new information. The Notice states that the group can request the updated statements of reasons by 5 December and may ask the Council to reconsider its listing by 15 December. For the EU terrorism list, see the Annex to Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1420.

N Korea officially added to US list of State Sponsors of Terrorism

North Korea Flag and Missiles.jpgThe US has officially added North Korea to its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. The designation (dated 20 November 2017) carries, among other things, a ban on defence exports and sales, certain controls over exports of dual use items, and restrictions on US foreign assistance.

We previously reported here that the US would be adding North Korea to the list.

OFAC designates German and Iranian parties involved in attempt to circumvent EU export controls

OFAC2OFAC has added two individuals (Reza Heidari and Mahmoud Seif) and four entities (ForEnt Technik GmbH, Pardazesh Tasvir Raya Co, Printing Trade Center GmbH and Tejarat Almas Mobin Holding) to its SDN list.

The individuals and entities have been designated for being part of a “network… involved in a large-scale scheme to help Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) counterfeit currency to support its destabilizing activities”. In particular, the network is stated to have “employed deceptive measures to circumvent European export control restrictions and [to have] procured advanced equipment and materials to print counterfeit Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the IRGC-QF”.

The IRGC-QF was designated pursuant to the global terrorism Executive Order 13224 on 25 October 2007. Click here for the OFAC Notice, and here for the US Treasury press release.

LafargeHolcim and GBL offices raided by French and Belgian authorities over Syrian payments

LafargeHolcim has agreed to sell ist Lafarge IndiaFrench and Belgian authorities have raided cement-making company LafargeHolcim and its shareholder GBL as part of an investigation into payments allegedly made to terrorist groups in Syria (including sanctioned entities). Click here for a press release issued by GBL.

The French Public Prosecutor’s Office began investigating the allegations in June 2016. In March 2017, an internal investigation at LafargeHolcim revealed evidence that its employees had paid third parties to arrange security with armed groups, including sanctioned parties, in order to protect the company’s plant in Northern Syria. In June 2017, France launched a judicial inquiry into LafargeHolcim’s activities in Syria (see previous blog here).

EU removes FARC from its terrorism sanctions

In September last year, the EU suspended its terrorism sanctions on Colombian guerrilla movement FARC, in recognition of the peace agreement signed between FARC and the Colombian government (see previous blog). The EU has now removed FARC from its terrorism sanctions listings.

See Regulation 2017/2061 amending Regulation 2580/2001, Implementing Regulation 2017/2064 implementing Regulation 2580/2001, Decision 2017/2072 updating and amending Common Position 2001/931/CFSP, and Decision 2017/2073 amending Common Position 2001/931/CFSP.