Sanctions Profile: Corruption

At a glance

The UK Government adopted the Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021 on 26 April 2021. The regime aims to prevent and combat serious corruption, which for the purposes of the regime, comprises bribery or the misappropriation of property involving public officials.

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US designates former Maltese officials & al-Qa’ida network in Brazil

On 22 December, the US Department of State announced the listing of former Maltese public officials Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri for their involvement in “significant corruption”, including a scheme to award a government construction contract in exchange for bribes. Mr Mizzi, Mr Schembri and their immediate family members have been designated under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, …

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US delists Croatia-based Nautikacentar

Nautikacentar D.O.O., a Croatian-based entity designated by the US on 8 December 2021, has been delisted by OFAC. Nautikacentar was designated pursuant to Executive Order 13818 (Global Magnitsky sanctions) because it was said to be owned or controlled by Zharko Jovan Veselinovic, a senior member of the Zvonko Veselinovic Organised Crime Group who was also listed on 8 December 2021. …


US corruption and human rights designations

The US imposed sanctions on numerous people and entities this week for their involvement in corruption and/or human rights abuses. The designations were made ahead of/on International Anti-Corruption Day, International Human Rights Day and the Summit for Democracy. The US also issued its ‘Strategy on Countering Corruption’ on 6 December (previous post). 6 December 2021 OFAC designated Alain Mukonda and …

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Sanctions part of US anti-corruption strategy

The US government published its first Strategy on Countering Corruption this week. Fact Sheet. The strategy: Announces the launch of the Democracies Against Safe Havens (DASH) Initiative to encourage cooperation on anti-corruption sanctions and visa restrictions. Announces the creation of an anti-corruption team in the Treasury to support (inter alia) corruption sanctions. Says there will be a continued review of …


US DRC designations

OFAC has announced the designation of DRC national Alain Mukonda pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 (Global Magnitsky sanctions). Mr Mukonda is said to have provided support to Dan Gertler, listed by the US pursuant to E.O. 13818 on 21 December 2017 (see previous post, post, post & post). OFAC Notice & State Department Press Release. OFAC also designated 1 …

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Current Sanctions


The Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/488)