Syria: EU adds Syrian Minister of Defence General Ali Habib Mahmoud and four other to the sanction list

The following five Syrian nationals has by Council Implementing regulation 755/2011 been added to list of natural and legal persons, entities or bodies set out in Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 442/2011, i.e. their assets, in the EU, are frozen. Their are also prohibited from entering the EU. It can be noted that the EU finally added the Syrian minister of defence to the sanction list.

The five added to the sanction list, Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 442/2011 are as follows:
1. Mr Mohammad Mufleh
Head of Syrian Military Intelligence in the town of Hama, involved in the crackdown on demonstrators.

2. Major General Tawfiq Younes
Head of the Department for Internal Security of the General Intelligence Directorate; involved in violence against the civilian population.

3. Mr Mohammed Makhlouf (a.k.a. Abu Rami)
Born in Latakia, Syria, 19.10.1932
Close associate and maternal uncle of Bashar and Mahir al-Assad. Business associate and father of Rami, Ihab and Iyad Makhlouf.

4. Ayman Jabir
Born Latakia. Associate of Mahir al-Assad for the Shabiha militia. Directly involved in repression and violence against the civilian population and co-ordination of Shabiha militia groups

5. General Ali Habib Mahmoud
Born Tartous, 1939. Appointed Minister of Defence 3 June 2009
Minister of Defence. Responsible for conduct and operations of Syrian Armed Forces involved in repression and violence against the civilian population

The full text can be found in the Official Journal of the European Union L 199, page 33 and 34.

About Leif Eriksson

Leif Eriksson has worked in the field of asylum at the Swedish Migration Agency specializing in the Middle East, Schengen and the Dublin Regulation, as Migration Attaché and head of the migration section at the Swedish Embassy in Damascus 2005 - 2008, as a resettlement consultant at the UNHCR branch office in Damascus 2008 - 2009, Consul at the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem 2012 - 2013 and associate RSD/RST officer at UNHCR in Beirut 2013 - 2014. He currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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