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OFAC sanctions key Yemeni military leaders

Financial Crimes OFAC Department of Treasury Sanctions Of Interest to Non-US Persons OFAC Designations SDN List Yemen

Financial Crimes

On March 2, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against two individuals associated with the Ansarallah militia. The sanctions are taken pursuant to Executive Order 13611, which authorizes “blocking property of persons threatening the peace, security, or stability of Yemen.” As a result of the sanctions, all of the property and interests in property of the designated individuals that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, as well as any entities that are owned 50 percent or more by the designated individuals, are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. Additionally, OFAC regulations prohibit U.S. persons from participating in transactions with the designated individuals unless exempt or otherwise authorized by an OFAC general or specific license. OFAC specifies that the “prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person or the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.”

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