U.S. Sanctioned Individuals and Businesses Operating In 3 West African Countries

West Africa. February 1, 2019: An investigation conducted by the West African Journal Magazine has revealed the names of individuals and business entities under U.S. sanctions and doing business in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa.

U.S. OFAC Documents
U.S. OFAC Documents

According to information listed on the website of the Office of Foreign Asset Control of the US Department of the Treasury in Washington DC, several shipping lines and individuals are included on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN) and the Specially Designated Nationals For Global Terrorism (SDGT) sanction lists.

The U.S. OFAC administers a number of different sanctions programs. The sanctions can be either comprehensive or selective, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish foreign policy and national security goals.

Some of the sanctions are broad-based in scope and focused geographically like Cuba and Iran while others are targeted at specific individuals and entities for their ties to terrorism, narcotics and money laundering.

Liberia

The following shipping lines which are on the Liberian registry and list offices in Liberia are sanctioned because of their connection to the government of Iran which is under heavy economic sanctions by the U.S. Sanctions

GARBIN NAVIGATION LTD /IRAN

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ, Office 101 Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

1st Floor, FITCO Building No 3

Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

80 Broad Street Monrovia, Liberia 

 

 KONING MARINE CORP /IRAN

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

Office 101, 1st Floor

FITCO Building No 3, Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

80 Broad Street   Monrovia, Liberia 

 

BLUE TANKER SHIPPING SA /IRAN

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

Office 101, 1st Floor

FITCO Building No 3, Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

Majuro MH   Marshall Islands and Liberia  

 

 JUPITER SEAWAYS SHIPPING /IRAN

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ  Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

Office 101, 1st Floor

FITCO Building No 3, Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

80 Broad Street Monrovia, Liberia

 HERCULES INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

Office 101, 1st Floor

FITCO Building No 3, Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

80 Broad Street Monrovia, Liberia (Subject to Secondary Sanctions)

 

HERMIS SHIPPING SA /IRAN

Care of Sambouk Shipping FCZ Fujairah    United Arab Emirates

Office 101, 1st Floor

FITCO Building No 3, Inside Fujairah Port, PO Box 50044

Panama City, Panama

Monrovia   Liberia (Subject to Secondary Sanctions)

 The following shipping lines registered under the Liberian flag, with offices in Liberia and connected to Iran are sanctioned under the designation of Specially Designated National Global Terrorism (SDGT):

GOLDEN FISH LIBERIA LTD.

2nd Street Sinkor and Logan Town, Monrovia, Montserrado County, Liberia (Subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations)

This business is linked to one Ali Muhammad Qansu, a Lebanese born national who is linked to another Lebanese national Adham Husayn Tabaja who has ties to 13 iterations of Hizballah in Syria and Iraq. The U.S. Government has also designated and sanctioned Ali Muhammad Qansu, Adham Husayn Tabaj and Hizballah. The group Hizballah is listed as a terror organization by the U.S. Government.

 DOLPHIN TRADING COMPANY LIMITED

Bob Taylor Road Monrovia and Paynesville, Liberia linked to Ali Muhammad Qansu and subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations.

SKY TRADE COMPANY

Logan Town, Opposite Rice Store Entity Monrovia, Liberia linked to Ali Muhammad Qansu and subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations.

Under US laws, Terrorism Sanctions Regulations prohibit transactions involving blocked property, effect of transfers violating the provisions of this part, holding of certain types of blocked property in interest-bearing accounts, transaction or dealing in property, contributions of funds, goods, or services, evasions; attempts; conspiracies and exempt transactions.

The sanctions list entry indicate the sanctions program pursuant to which the person has been blocked, designated, or identified – SDN – Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations

Sierra Leone

Nine (9) individuals and entities in Sierra Leone are sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department as Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) under Iranian sanctions and include:

GLOBAL RELIEF FOUNDATION, INC.  Rruga e Kavajes, Building No. 3, Apartment No. 61, P.O. Box 2892 Entity SDGT SDN

TAJCO 62 Buckle Street Entity SDGT SDN

AL-WATFA, Ali Ibrahim  26 Malama Thomas Street Individual SDGT SDN

KAFAK ENTERPRISES LIMITED 88B, T/Balewa Road Entity SDGT SDN

MILENYUM ENERGY S.A. c/o Milenyum Denizcilik Gemi H., Hizmetleri Ltd. Sti, Nazli Sokak 9, Halilrifatpasa Mah, Sisli Entity SYRIA SDN

QANSU, Ali Muhammad Hafez Al Assaad Street, Abadi Building, 1st Floor Individual SDGT SDN

BLUE LAGOON GROUP LTD. 65 Siaka Stevens Street Entity SDGT SDN

KANSO FISHING AGENCY LIMITED Kissy Dockyard Entity SDGT SDN

GLOBAL TRADING GROUP NV  Frankrijklei 39, 2nd Floor Entity SDGT SDN

Cote d’Ivoire

Two (2) Individuals and entities are sanctioned in Cote d’ivoire  as Specially Designated Nationals  (SDN) under Iranian sanctions by the U.S. and include:

CHEHADE, Ali Ahmad    Individual SDGT SDN

GLOBAL TRADING GROUP NV Frankrijklei 39, 2nd Floor Entity SDGT SDN

No sanctioned individuals or entities are listed in Guinea, Gambia, Nigeria or Ghana.

West Africa Regional Map
West Africa Regional Map

The US Treasury Department says with reference to enforcing sanctions against the individuals and businesses designated as SDN and SDGT globally, “it performs a critical and far-reaching role in enhancing national security by implementing economic sanctions against foreign threats to the U.S., identifying and targeting the financial support networks of national security threats, and improving the safeguards of our financial systems. The Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence marshals the department’s intelligence and enforcement functions with the twin aims of safeguarding the financial system against illicit use and combating rogue nations, terrorist facilitators, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferators, money launderers, drug kingpins, and other national security threats…”

OFAC Dept Treasury Logo
OFAC Dept Treasury Logo

It is unclear if governments of the three West African countries are aware of international U.S. Government sanctions that the named  individuals and entities are subjected to and why they are allowed to openly operate in these countries.

The U.S. Treasury Department Sanction list was updated November, 2018 and some of the entities have been listed for years. No actions have been taken in the West African countries to restrict the operation of the individuals and entities named.

The U.S. Government says, violation of the sanctions may lead to no action, civil penalties or criminal prosecution.

By Emmanuel Abalo

West African Journal Magazine

 

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