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OFAC sanctions Lebanese individuals

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On October 28, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions pursuant to Executive Order 13441 against two Lebanese businessmen and a member of Parliament. According to OFAC, the sanctioned individuals contributed to the breakdown of good governance and the rule of law in Lebanon by profiting from the pervasive corruption and cronyism in Lebanon. 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. Additionally, “any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.” U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any dealings involving the property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons.

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