1. The Syria (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (the “UK Regulations”) were made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 and provide for the freezing of funds and economic resources of certain persons, entities or bodies involved in repressing the civilian population in Syria or who is or has been involved in supporting or benefitting from the Syrian regime and who are or have been carrying on prohibited activities related to chemical weapons.
2. This notice is to issue a correction to 5 listings in the UK Consolidated List bringing the entries in line with the UK Sanctions List. A link to the UK Sanctions List can be found below.
3. These corrections were made by the UK on 17 February.
4. The Sanctions and Asset-Freezing (Implementation of External Sanctions) (Jersey) Order 2021 (the “Order”), made under the Sanctions and Asset-Freezing (Jersey) Law 2019 (“SAFL”), links to the UK Regulations.
5. Any changes to asset-freeze designations made under the UK Regulations are effective immediately by virtue of the ambulatory provisions in Jersey’s sanctions legislation.
Notice summary (Full details are provided in the Annex to this Notice)
6. The following designations have been amended and remain subject to an asset freeze:
- Bayan BITAR
- SYRIAN PETROLEUM COMPANY
7. Duplicate aliases have been removed from the following entries on non-HTML/PDF formats of the UK Consolidated List. No material changes have been made to the new version of the UK Consolidated List in HTML format:
- Samir HASSAN
- Mohammad Ali JAFARI
- Mohamed OURJMAN
What you must do
8. You must:
- immediately check whether you maintain any accounts or hold any funds or economic resources for the persons set out in the Annex to this Notice.
- freeze such accounts, and other funds or economic resources without notice and without delay.
- refrain from dealing with the funds or assets or making them available (directly or indirectly) to such persons unless licensed by the Minister for External Relations and Financial Services (“MERFS”).
- report any findings to MERFS, together with any additional information that would facilitate compliance with SAFL.
- provide any information concerning the frozen assets of designated persons that MERFS may request. Information reported to MERFS may be passed on to other regulatory authorities or law enforcement.
9. Where a relevant institution has already reported details of accounts, other funds or economic resources held frozen for designated persons, they are not required to report these details again.
10. Failure to comply with sanctions legislation or to seek to circumvent its provisions is a criminal offence.
11. Further information on sanctions can be found on the Government of Jersey website and the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) website.
12. Jersey guidance on the Syria sanctions regime is available on JFSC website.
13. Copies of Jersey sanctions legislation, including the Order and SAFL, can be found on the Jersey Legal Information Board website.
14. A copy of the UK Regulations can be obtained from legislation.gov.uk and other relevant information about this regime can be found on gov.uk.
15. A copy of the UK Sanctions List can be found here.
16. A copy of the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation Consolidated List can be found here.
17. Non-media enquiries, sanctions compliance reporting, and licence applications should be addressed to:
Head of International Compliance
Office of the Chief Executive
Annex to Notice