September 15, 2020

Two Global Magnitsky designations for abuses in Africa

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury has designated one individual and one company pursuant to Executive Order 13818 for materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing support to persons who have been designated for corrupt behavior and human rights abuses.  Executive Order 13818 expands the type of conduct that may be sanctioned pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Zineb Souma Yahya Jammeh is married to the former president of the Gambia, who was designated in 2017 for participating in serious human rights abuses and corruption, including the theft of $50 million of state funds.  According to OFAC, Zineb has assisted in her husband’s economic crimes and human rights abuses, and may be responsible for managing the former president’s assets around the world, including property in the US.  She currently resides in Equatorial Guinea.

Nabah LTD, a UK-registered company, is controlled by Ashraf Seed Ahmed Al-Cardinal, who was designated in October 2019 for engaging in corrupt conduct in connection with a South Sudanese official, and for participating in a sanctions evasions scheme.  

Following these designations, US property of Zineb and Nabah is blocked, and OFAC regulations generally prohibit transactions with US persons involving such property.

US Dept of the Treasury press release