SanctionsAlert.com Sanctions Round Up

Sanctions as an Anti-Corruption Tool: South Sudanese Corrupt PEPs Slapped with OFAC Designations
September 18, 2017

On September 6, 2017, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13664, OFAC added three South Sudanese officials, Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, Michael Makuei Lueth, and Paul Malong Awan, in addition to three companies owned or controlled by Riak Rengu, to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List for their roles in the continued undermining of the peace, security, and stability of the country. As a result of these actions, all of the aforementioned individuals’ and entities’ assets within U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. (more…)

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August 31, 2017

NYDFS: Pakistani Bank’s OFAC Program Included Improper Inclusion of SDN’s on the Bank’s ‘Good Guy’ List

On August 24, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) – NY State’s financial regulator – announced it is seeking up to $630 million in penalties from Habib Bank for “serious deficiencies” in its AML and OFAC compliance programs. The deficiencies, identified in the “Statement of Charges”, span more than a decade. Among other things, the regulator’s investigation determined that transactions went un-reviewed because of the improper inclusion of certain individuals and transactions on the Bank’s so-called ‘good-guy’ list. Such improper inclusions comprised prohibited persons and entities identified on OFAC’s SDN List corresponding to: (more…)

UPDATE: Congress Passes Sweeping Iran, Russia, and North Korea Sanctions Legislation

By Alexis Early*
July 27, 2017

On July 27, the Senate passed 98-2 the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (HR 3364), which previously passed the House 419-3 on July 25, setting up a showdown with President Trump. This bill is an omnibus of three separate sanctions measures: the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act (“CIDAA”), the Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act (“CRIEEA”), and the North Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act (“NKIMSA”).

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Indictment of Lebanese Businessman, Tajideen, Points to Bold Methods of Sanctions Enforcement by DoJ and May Trigger Compliance Headaches for Banks

July 14, 2017
By Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer, SanctionsAlert.com

On March 24, 2017, Kassim Tajideen, an international financier and businessman operating a network of businesses in Lebanon and Africa, was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) with evading sanctions by purposefully concealing his association with certain companies, the profits of which were used in part to support the Shiite militant movement Hezbollah. This terrorist group was also designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997. Tajideen, who was extradited from Morocco to the U.S., pleaded not guilty to all 11 counts. (more…)

Designated by D.C.: How U.S. Sanctions Combat Foreign Corruption

June 16, 2017
By: Saskia Rietbroek, Principal SanctionsAlert.com and Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer,www.SanctionsAlert.com

The use of sanctions as an international means of effecting change has grown exponentially in recent times. As countries become less and less keen to use military force, the world has turned to sanctions implementation as a means of affecting international change, both politically and socially. (more…)