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OFAC issues counter terrorism general license

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On January 25, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued General License (GL) 13, “Authorizing Transactions Involving Ansarallah,” and a related amended frequently asked question. GL 13 authorizes certain transactions and activities ordinarily prohibited by the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, the Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations, or Executive Order 13224, through February 26. GL 13 does not, however, authorize the unblocking of any funds in accounts of Ansarallah that were blocked as of January 25. Additionally, FAQ 876 clarifies that non-U.S. persons “may engage in or facilitate transactions involving Ansarallah, or any entity in which Ansarallah owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, without exposure to sanctions under E.O. 13224, as amended, if such activity would be authorized under General Licenses (GLs) 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 if engaged in by a U.S. person” (The issuance of the referenced licenses by OFAC is covered by InfoBytes here).

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