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OFAC sanctions Cuban officials

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Financial Crimes

On July 22, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions pursuant to Executive Order 13818 against one Cuban individual and one Cuban entity under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. According to OFAC, the sanctioned parties are connected with the repression of peaceful, pro-democratic protests in Cuba that began on July 11. As a result of the sanctions, all transactions by U.S. persons or in the U.S. that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons are generally prohibited. OFAC notes that its regulations generally prohibit U.S. persons from participating in transactions with these persons, which 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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