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Financial Sanctions: Central African Republic

Thursday, 13 August 2020

This news release is issued in respect of the financial sanctions in place against the Central African Republic.

Annex I to Council Regulation (EU) No 224/2014 has been amended with effect from 13 August 2020 following the publication of Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2020/1194.  This reflects the decision made on 5 August 2020 by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Committee established pursuant to Resolution 2127(2013) to add one person to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures.




DOB: 20/07/1962.

POB: Bocaranga, Central African Republic

a.k.a: (1) ABBAS, Sidiki (2) BI SIDI, Souleymane (3) SIDIKI (4) SIDIKI, 'General' (5) SOULEMANE, Bi Sidi

Nationality: Central African Republic

Passport Details: N°235/MISPAT/DIRCAB/DGPC/DGAEI/SI/SP (laissez-passer) issued 15 March 2019 by the Minister of Interior of the Central African Republic

Address: Koui, Ouham-Pende prefecture, Central African Republic.

Position: President and self-proclaimed 'general' of the Retour, Reclamation et Rehabilitation (3R)

Other Information: UN Ref: CFi.014. Souleman leads the Central African Republic (CAR)-based militia group Retour, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R) which has killed, tortured, raped, and displaced civilians and engaged in arms trafficking, illegal taxation activities, and warfare with other militias since its creation in 2015. Souleman himself has also participated in torture. On 6 February 2019, 3R signed the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the CAR but has engaged in acts violating the Agreement and remains a threat to the peace, stability and security of the CAR. For instance, on 21 May 2019, 3R killed 34 unarmed civilians in three villages, summarily executing adult males.

Listed on: 13/08/2020 Last Updated: 13/08/2020 Group ID: 13912.

Financial institutions and other persons are required to check whether they maintain any accounts or otherwise hold funds, financial assets, economic benefits and economic resources for the designated individual. If so, they must freeze such accounts or funds and, unless licensed by the Treasury, refrain from dealing with said funds or economic resources, and suspend the provision of any financial services. They must also report their findings to the FIU.

Failure to comply with financial sanctions legislation or to seek to circumvent its provisions is a criminal offence.

Further details of the sanctions regime related to the Central African Republic  and links to the UK’s Consolidated List of individuals and entities subject to other financial sanctions regimes may be found on the Customs and Excise pages of the Isle of Man Government website

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