Syria: Salim Altoun and the Altoun Group added to the EU sanction list

As published today in the Official Journal of the European Union, the following persons and entities have been added to the EU sanction list:

A. Individuals

 
1. Adib Mayaleh, born 1955, Daraa
Adib Mayaleh is responsible for providing economic and financial support to the Syrian regime through his functions as the Governor of the Central Bank of Syria.

 
2. Salim Altoun, a.k.a. Saleem Altoun, a.k.a. Abu Shaker.

Born 1940 in Caracas,   Venzuela. Chairman and CEO of Altoun Group.  He has Venezuelan citizenship, identification number 028173131 (probably in possession of Venezuelan passport). He has a Lebanese residence and work permit number: 1486/2011.
Provides financial support to the regime. Involved in a scheme through Altoun Group to export Syrian oil with the listed company Sytrol in order to provide revenue to the regime.

3. Youssef Klizli

Assistant to Salim Altoun. Provides financial support to the regime. Assisted Salim Altoun in setting up a scheme through Altoun Group to export Syrian oil with the listed company Sytrol in order to provide revenue to the regime.

 
B. Entities

1. General Organisation of Tobacco

Salhieh Street 616, Damascus, Syria
Provides financial support to the Syrian regime. The General Organisation of Tobacco is wholly owned by the Syrian state. The profits that the organisation makes, including through the sale of licenses to market foreign brands of tobacco and taxes levied on imports of foreign brands of tobacco are transferred to the Syrian state.

2. Altoun Group

Altoun Group Maaraba Damascus Countryside North Circular Highway Damascus Syria tel.: 00963-11-5915685 Postal Box 30484 1987 US SIC Codes 6719 NACE Codes 7415. Provides financial support to the Syrian regime. The entity is involved in a scheme to export Syrian oil with the listed company Sytrol in order to provide revenue to the regime.

ANNEX II
The entries in Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 for the persons named below shall be replaced by the entries set out below:

1. Manal Al Assad a.k.a. Manal Al Ahmad
Born: 02.02.1970. Place of Birth: Damascus Passport number (Syrian): 0000000914 Maiden name: Al Jadaan. Spouse of Maher Al Assad, and as such benefiting from and closely associated with the regime.

2. Issam Anbouba
President of Anbouba for Agricultural Industries Co. Born 1952 in Homs, Syria
Providing financial support for the repressive apparatus and the paramilitary groups exerting violence against the civil population in Syria. Providing property (premises, warehouses) for improvised detention centers. Financial relations with high Syrian officials.

3. Mazen al-Tabba
Born: 01.01.1958 Place of Birth: Damascus Passport number (Syrian): 004415063 expires 06.05.2015. Business partner of Ihab Makhlouf and Nizar al-Assad (subjected to sanctions on 23/08/2011); co-owner, with Rami Makhlouf, of the Al-Diyar lil-Saraafa (a.k.a. Diar Electronic Services) currency exchange company, which supports the policy of the Central Bank of Syria.

The entry listed below shall be removed:
68.  Saqr Khayr Bek

The original text is published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 126, 15 May 2012.

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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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