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US sanctions six Libyan smugglers

The US Treasury Department on Monday imposed sanctions against six individuals involved in the international smuggling of migrants in Libya.

The Treasury?’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Ermias Ghermay, Musab Abu Grein, Abd Al-Rahman Milad, Mohamed Koshlaf, Abd Al-Razzak Fitwi, and Ahmed Dabbashi for threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through their involvement in the smuggling of migrants.

“Treasury is taking action to combat migrant smuggling and abuse by rogue militias and criminal networks in Libya who are exploiting vulnerable populations for their own personal financial gain,” said Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

“These brutal smuggling groups have tortured, robbed, and enslaved migrants seeking a better life. The United States is isolating these callous individuals from the US financial system.” This action, concurrently with new United Nations sanctions, underscores the US resolve to work with its international partners to target individuals threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through their involvement in the smuggling of migrants, the Treasury said.

All of the designated persons’ assets in the US or in the possession or control of US persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them, including entities owned by designated persons, according to the Treasury Department.

Source: Kuwait News Agency