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OFAC sanctions Eritrean official

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Financial Crimes

On August 23, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions pursuant to Executive Order 13818 against an Eritrean individual under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. According to OFAC, the sanctioned individual is the leader or official of an entity that is involved in human rights abuse committed during the continuing conflict in Tigray. 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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