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US Treasury Department officially announce sanctions against Saleh Badi

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WASHINGTON – The United States Department of the Treasury officially announced on Monday the adaptation of sanctions against Salah Badi, the commander of the Al Somood militia.

The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement, “The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), concurrent with the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee, took action today targeting Salah Badi (Badi), the leader of the Sumud Brigade militia that has sparked violent clashes in the south of Libya’s capital, Tripoli.  Upon entering Tripoli in late August 2018, Badi also called for support from other militias to attack the city, plunging it into turmoil.  The Sumud Brigade has waged attacks against rival militias aligned with the Government of National Accord, through which Badi has undermined the peace, security, and stability of Libya.”

“Salah Badi’s prolonged militia attacks on Libya’s capital have devastated the city and disrupted the peace,” the Department quoted Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

“Today, OFAC designated Salah Badi pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13726, “Blocking Property and Suspending Entry Into the United States of Persons Contributing to the Situation in Libya,” for being the leader of an entity that has, or whose members have, engaged in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, or stability of Libya, including through the supply of arms or related materiel.” The statement added

“Badi previously served in the former parliament in Tripoli, the General National Congress (GNC), and is renowned for having led fierce battles to keep the GNC in power beyond its mandate in 2014, during which Tripoli’s main international airport was nearly destroyed and suffered more than $2 billion in damage.  Badi’s critical role as a commander in the 2014 attacks, which the attackers dubbed Operation Libya Dawn, caused considerable material and institutional damage and led to massive population displacements.”

“As a result of today’s actions, any property or interest in property of Badi within or transiting U.S. jurisdiction are blocked.  U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with blocked persons, including entities owned or controlled by designated persons.  Additionally, the corresponding UN sanctions obligate all UN Member States to impose an asset freeze and travel ban.” The statement concluded.

A spokesperson for the UK’s Foreign Office announced last Friday that the UK, US and France have secured United Nations Security Council agreement to sanction Salah Badi under the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 2213 (2015).

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