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Financial Sanctions: Iran 13 March 2013

This news release is issued in respect of the asset-freezing measures directed against certain persons responsible for serious human rights violations in Iran.

Following the publication of Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 206/2013, the Council of the European Union has amended Annex I to Council Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 ("Regulation 359/2011"), with effect from 12 March 2013.

The nine individuals and one entity whose names have been added to Annex I to Regulaiton 359/2011 are therefore subject to the asset freeze.

ADDITIONS

Individuals

EMADI, HAMID, REZA

DOB: --/--/1973

POB: Hamedan

a.k.a.: EMADI, Hamidreza

Address: Tehran

Position: Press TV Newsroom Director

Other Information: Place of work: Press TV HQ, Tehran. Independent regulator OFCOM fined Press TV in the UK £100,000 for broadcasting the forced confession of Iranian-Canadian journalist and film-maker Maziar Bahari in 2011, which was filmed in prison whilst Bahari was under duress. DOB is approximate.

Group ID: 12854

HAMLBAR, RAHIM

Position: Judge of Branch 1 of Tabriz Revolutionary Court

Group ID: 12855

JAFARI, ASADOLLAH

Position: Prosecutor of Mazandaran Province

Group ID: 12853

KHORAMABADI, ABDOLSAMAD

Position: Head of Commission to Determine the Instances of Criminal Content

Other Information: The Commission to Determine the Instances of Criminal Content is a governmental organization in charge of online censorship and cyber crime

Group ID: 12865

KIASATI, MORTEZA

Position: Judge of the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court, Branch 4

Group ID: 12850

MOUSSAVI, SEYED, MOHAMMAD, BAGHER

Position: Ahwaz Revolutionary Court judge, Branch 2

Group ID: 12851

MUSAVI-TABAR, SEYYED, REZA

Position: Head of the Revolutionary Prosecution of Shiraz

Group ID: 12856

RASHIDI AGHDAM, ALI, ASHRAF

Position: Head of Evin Prison

Other Information: Appointed Head of Evin Prison around June/July 2012

Group ID: 12849

SARAFRAZ, MOHAMMAD

Title: Dr

DOB: --/--/1963

POB: Tehran

a.k.a.: SARAFRAZ, Haj-agha

Address: Tehran

Position: Head of IRIB World Service and Press TV

Other Information: Place of work: IRIB and Press TV HQ, Tehran. Responsible for all programming decisions. Closely associated with the state security apparatus. Under his direction Press TV, along with IRIB, has worked with the Iranian security services and prosecutors to broadcast forced confessions of detainees, including that of Iranian-Canadian journalist and film-maker Maziar Bahari, in the weekly programme "Iran Today". Independent broadcast regulator OFCOM fined Press TV in the UK £100,000 for broadcasting Bahari's confession in 2011, which was filmed in prison whilst Bahari was under duress. DOB is approximate.

Group ID: 12852

Entity

CENTER TO INVESTIGATE ORGANIZED CRIME

a.k.a.:

  1. CYBER CRIME OFFICE
  2. CYBER POLICE

Address: Tehran, Iran

Other Information: The Iranian Cyber Police is a unit of the Islamic Republic of Iran Police, founded in January 2011, headed by Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam. Website: http://www.cyberpolice.ir

Group ID: 12864

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 persons. 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 Sanctions Officer at Customs and Excise Division of the Treasury.

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