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OFAC sanctions additional persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

Financial Crimes

On March 15, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against three individuals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), pursuant to Executive Orders 14033 or 14059. The designations build on other sanctions measures taken in the region (covered by InfoBytes here) and “collectively underscore the United States’ willingness to hold accountable those who are undermining democratic institutions and furthering their agendas for political and personal gain, at the expense of peace, stability, and progress in the Western Balkans,” OFAC explained. Specifically, the sanctions target the director general for BiH’s Intelligence Security Agency, a BiH national who headed an agency responsible for obstructing or threatening the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement, and a significant Balkans narcotics trafficker.

As a result of the sanctions, all property and interests in property belonging to the sanctioned individuals subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. Additionally, “any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, individually or in the aggregate, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.” OFAC further noted that “transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or blocked persons are prohibited unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, or exempt,” 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.” OFAC warned financial institutions and other persons that should they engage in certain transactions or activities with the sanctioned individuals they may expose themselves to sanctions or be subject to an enforcement action.