22 december 2017
On 15 December 2017, mr. A. Soofi ("Soofi"), a Canadian-Iranian dual national, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Soofi already pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the IEEPA on 7 September 2017.
21 december 2017
On 6 December 2017, Dentsply Sirona Inc. ("Dentsply"), a US company specialising in dental solutions, agreed to pay the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") USD1,220,400 in order to settle its potential liability for apparent violations of the United States ("US") Iran sanctions regime. OFAC determined, that between November 2009 and July 2012, Dentsply committed 37 violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. According to OFAC, during this period indirect subsidiaries of Dentsply had
15 december 2017
Yesterday, 14 December 2017, at an EU summit, the EU leaders agreed to another six months extension of the EU sanctions regime against Russia, as laid down in EU Regulation 833/2014. This regulation concerns measures related to the export of certain goods (dual-use and military items and equipment for the oil and gas industry) as well as financial sanctions. The current sanctions will expire in July 2018 unless renewed in time. We will keep you updated. Meanwhile, should you require further information in relation
24 november 2017
On 23 November 2017, a Dutch court fined Dutch transporting company U-Freight Holland B.V. EUR 50,000 for transiting military items to Russia. The director of the company was also prosecuted, but was acquitted as he was unaware of the transactions. On 17 March 2017, the Dutch company forwarded 2 defect radar systems from the Malaysian military via the Netherlands to Russia for repair. The freight was stopped at Dutch customs because, under the current European sanctions, which contain an arms embargo, it is
23 november 2017
On 17 November 2017, BCC Corporate SA (BCCC), a Belgium-based credit card issuer and corporate service company, agreed to pay USD 204,000 in order to settle its potential liability for apparent violations of the US Cuba sanctions regime. The Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") determined, that between April 9, 2009 and February 3 2014, BCCC committed 1,818 apparent violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 ("CACR"). At the time of the violations, BCCC was a wholly owned
15 november 2017
On 13 November 2017, the European Union ("EU") Council published its conclusions on Venezuela, and agreed on targeted sanctions in view of its concerns at the situation in the country. The EU Venezuela sanctions regime includes an arms embargo, and will also introduce a legal framework for travel bans and asset freezes against those involved in human rights violations and non-respect for democracy or the rule of law.
17 oktober 2017
On 16 October 2017, the European Union ("EU") imposed new sanctions on North Korea under Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1858. The new restrictive measures under the EU North Korea sanctions regime, include a further ban on EU investments in and with North Korea to all sectors, decreasing the amount of personal remittances that can be sent to North Korea from EUR15,000 to EUR5,000, and imposing a further prohibition on the export of oil to the country. The EU also adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1859, adding