OFAC designates Pakistani people smuggling organisation

OFAC has listed Pakistani national Abid Ali Khan and the Abid Ali Khan Transnational Criminal Organisation, described as a Pakistan-based human smuggling organisation, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, as amended. Since 2015, the organisation is said to have smuggled foreign nationals, including those who may pose a national security risk to the US, from Pakistan or Afghanistan through Latin America to the US using fraudulent documentation. In addition, OFAC has listed 3 people and 1 entity under the same E.O. for having materially assisted, or provided financial, material or technological support for, or goods or services to the organisation. See Notice and press release.

Yesterday (7 April 2021), a federal grand jury returned an indictment in a federal court in Virginia charging Mr Khan with facilitating the unlawful smuggling of individuals. See press release.

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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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