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.

EU Parliament Magnitsky recommendation published

Russia-EU.jpgLast week, the European Parliament’s recommendation to the Council on 2 April 2014 was published, recommending visa restrictions and asset freezes for Russian officials said to be involved in the Sergei Magnitsky case. The recommendation called for 32 named Russian citizens to be placed on an EU-wide visa ban list and to seize any financial assets that they might hold within the EU.

EU amends Russia prohibitions in respect of ExoMars 2020 mission

ExoMars.jpgThe EU prohibitions on Russia (see Article 2 of Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP and Article 4 of Council Regulation (EU) 833/2014) have been amended to permit the provision (directly or indirectly) of “technical assistance, financing or financial assistance” related to the sale, supply, transfer or export and the import, purchase or transport of hydrazine in concentrations of 70% or more, provided that that “technical assistance, financing or financial assistance” refers to hydrazine destined for: (i) the tests and flight of the ExoMars descent module, in the framework of the ExoMars 2020 mission; or (ii) the flight of the ExoMars carrier module, in the framework of the ExoMars 2020 mission. See: Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/2214 and Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2212.

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.

UK visa ban Bill for gross human rights violations

Parliament3On 28 June 2017, the Immigration Control (Gross Human Rights Abuses) Bill was introduced to the House of Lords by Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws. It is a Private Member’s Bill designed to permit the Government to refuse entry to the UK to third country nationals involved in gross human rights abuses (if the 3 conditions referred to in s.241A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 are met). The second reading of the Bill will be on 15 December 2017.