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OFAC sanctions nine Nicaraguan officials and one entity

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On November 15, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions pursuant to Executive Order 13851 against nine officials of the Nicaraguan government and one entity for allegedly engaging in actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Nicaragua. According to OFAC, the designations “target[ed] those who are repressing Nicaraguans for exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms.” As a result, all property and interests in property of the sanctioned individuals and entities, and any entities that own, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more of such persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. U.S. persons are also generally prohibited from entering into transactions with the sanctioned persons.

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