October 26, 2021

OFAC designates Libyan migrant detention center manager

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury has designated Osama Al Kuni Ibrahim pursuant to Executive Order 13726 for his role in the systematic exploitation of African migrants at the al-Nasr Detention Center in Zawiyah, Libya.  The designation corresponds to action taken on October 25, 2021 by the United Nations Security Council pursuant to Security Council resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011).

According to OFAC, Al Kuni is the de-facto manager of al-Nasr; he is known as a kingpin in the Zawiyeh migrant smuggling network, and is alleged to be responsible for killing, abusing, exploiting and extorting migrants through the use of beatings, starvation, sexual violence, and other violations.

Following this designation, al Kuni’s US property interests are blocked, and entities that are owned 50 percent or more by a blocked person are themselves blocked.  Furthermore, transactions involving such property by US persons are generally prohibited.

US Dept of the Treasury press release | UN Security Council  press release