OFAC sanctions Syria-based ‘human smuggling organisation’

Yesterday, OFAC designated Syrian national Nasif Barakat and the Syria-based Barakat Transnational Criminal Organisation (TCO) pursuant to Executive Order 13581 (asset freezes imposed). The Barakat TCO is said to be a “human smuggling organisation… that facilitates the smuggling of Syrian and Lebanese nationals to the United States border”. Mr Barakat was designated for being the organisation’s “leader”. OFAC Notice here,...

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Michael O'Kane

Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist,...

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