Syria: EU imposes new sanctions – adds 15 individuals, all Mukhabarat directorates and Iranian IRGC Qods force

The European Union has added the following 15 individuals and 5 entities to the sanction list set out in Regulation (EU) No 442/2011 by implementing council decision No 2011/515/CFSP of the 23 August. The sanctions went into effect today, as it was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. What can be noted is that only one businessman, and no companies where added this time. Instead the EU opted for more of the same.

A. Individuals

1. Hayel AL-ASSAD
Assistant to Maher Al-Assad, Head of the military police unit of the army’s 4th Division, involved in repression.

2. Ali AL-SALIM
Director of the supplies office of the Syrian Ministry of Defence, entry point for all arms acquisitions by the Syrian army.

3. Nizar AL-ASSAAD
Very close to key government officials. Financing Shabiha in the region of Latakia.

4. Brigadier-General Rafiq SHAHADAH
Head of Syrian Military Intelligence (SMI) Branch 293 (Internal Affairs) in Damascus. Directly involved in repression and violence against the civilian population in Damascus. Advisor to President Bashar Al-Assad for strategic questions and military intelligence.

5. Brigadier-General JAMEA JAMEA (Jami Jami)
Branch Chief for Syrian Military Intelligence (SMI) in Dayr az-Zor. Directly involved in repression and violence against the civilian population in Dayr az- Zor and Alboukamal.

6. Hassan Bin-Ali AL-TURKMANI, DOB 1935 in Aleppo
Deputy Vice Minister, former Minister for Defence, Special Envoy of President Bashar Al-Assad.

7. Muhammad Said BUKHAYTAN
Assistant Regional Secretary of Baath Arab Socialist Party since 2005, 2000-2005 Director for the national security of the regional Baath party. Former Governor of Hama (1998-2000). Close associate of President Bashar Al-Assad and Maher Al-Assad. Senior decision-maker in the regime on repression of civilian population.

8. Ali DOUBA
Responsible for killings in Hama in 1980, has been called back to Damascus as special advisor to President Bashar Al-Assad.

9. Brigadier-General Nawful AL-HUSAYN
Idlib Syrian Military Intelligence (SMI) Branch Chief. Directly involved in repression and violence against the civilian population in Idlib province.

10. Brigadier Husam SUKKAR
Presidential Adviser on Security Affairs. Presidential Adviser for security agencies’ repression and violence against the civilian population.

11. Brigadier-General Muhammed ZAMRINI
Branch Chief for Syrian Military Intelligence (SMI) in Homs. Directly involved in repression and violence against the civilian population in Homs.

12. Lieutenant-General Munir ADANOV (ADNUF)
Deputy Chief of General Staff, Operations and Training for Syrian Army. Directly involved in repression and violence against the civilian population in Syria.

13. Brigadier-General Ghassan KHALIL
Head of General Intelligence Directorate’s (GID) Information Branch. Directly involved in repression and violence against the civilian population in Syria.

14. Mohammed JABIR, POB Latakia
Shabiha militia. Associate of Maher Al-Assad for the Shabiha militia. Directly involved in repression and violence against the civilian population and co-ordination of Shabiha militia groups.
15. Samir HASSAN
Close business associate of Maher Al-Assad. Known for supporting economically the Syrian regime.

B. Entities

1. Political Security Directorate
Syrian government agency directly involved in repression.

2. General Intelligence Directorate
Syrian government agency directly involved in repression.

3. Military Intelligence Directorate
Syrian government agency directly involved in repression.

4. Air Force Intelligence Agency
Syrian government agency directly involved in repression.

5. IRGC Qods Force (a. k. a. Quds Force), Teheran, Iran
The Qods (or Quds) Force is a specialist arm of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Qods Force is involved in providing equipment and support to help the Syria regime suppress protests in Syria. IRGC Qods Force has provided technical assistance, equipment and support to the Syrian security services to repress civilian protest movements.

The whole text can be accessed on the Official Journal of the European Union L 218 page 1.

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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