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Financial Sanctions: Afghanistan

Monday, 1 February 2021

This news release is issued to publicise amendments to 140 entries under the Afghanistan sanctions regime. 

The Afghanistan (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/948) were made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (the Sanctions Act) and provide for the freezing of funds and economic resources of certain persons, entities or bodies engaging in or providing support for acts which threaten the peace, security and stability of Afghanistan. The Afghanistan (Sanctions) EU Exit) Regulations 2020 have effect in the Isle of Man by the Afghanistan Sanctions (Application) Regulations 2020 [SD 2020/0493]. Details of the amendments can be found in the Annex to this news release. 

Financial institutions and other persons are requested to check whether they maintain any accounts or otherwise hold funds or economic resources for, or provide financial services to, the designated individuals and entities. If so, they must freeze such accounts or other 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. Where a relevant institution has already reported details of accounts, other funds or economic resources held frozen for the designated individuals and entities they are not required to report these details again.

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 Afghanistan and links to the UK’s consolidated list of individuals and entities subject to these and other financial sanctions may be found on the Customs and Excise pages of the Isle of Man Government website.

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