OFAC has designated 18 senior Syrian officials said to be connected to Syria’s weapons of mass destruction programme, and 5 military branches that it has identified as part of the Government of Syria (details here). The designations of the 18 officials follow a joint investigation by the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which concluded that the Syrian government was responsible for at least 3 attacks involving chlorine gas. The investigation prompted the UK and France to draft a UN resolution calling for new sanctions on Syria (see previous blog), which has yet to be voted on.
Maya Lester QC is a senior barrister (Queen’s Counsel) at Brick Court Chambers with a wide-ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. The legal directories say she is the...See profile for Maya Lester QC >