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OFAC Adds Sino Zim and Sam Pa to Sanctions List

Global Witness alleges these parties are involved in diamonds.
Apr 17, 2014 11:51 AM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which lists specially designated nationals and blocked persons, all of whom U.S. citizens and business must avoid when conducting business transactions, added Sino Zim Development Ltd. on April 17.

In addition, OFAC added Sam Pa, who along with numerous aliases and according to Global Witness, is a business partner in Sino Zim and Anjin. In June 2012, Global Witness encouraged the international community to investigate Pa and Sino Zim for undermining Zimbabwe's  democracy by subverting civilian control over key organs of the state. Global Witness also alleged that Pa provided funding and materials to Zimbabwe's Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) in return for access  to diamond, cotton and property sectors. 

OFAC sanctions already forbid U.S.  citizens and business alike from conducting trade with, among many others,  Marange Resources, Mbada Diamonds, Oryx Diamonds, the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) and the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ), along with dozens of politicians, including President Robert Mugabe and most of his family.

According to OFAC, Sino Zim Development  also operates as Sino Zim Holdings and Sino Zimbabwe Cotton Holdings on the third floor of Livingstone House, 48 Samora Machel Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe with a P.O. Box 7520  and a local telephone number of 04.710.043.

Pa's aliases include Sam King, Samo Hui, Xu Jinghua, Tsui Kyung-Wha, Ghiu Ka Leung and Antonio  Famtosonghiu Sampo Menezes. Pa was born on February 28, 1958, his nationality is from China, citizenship is  from Angola and he has an alternate citizenship from the U.K. under the passport number  C234897(0).


Tags: China, corruption, diamonds, Global Witness, Jeff Miller, mining, OFAC, sam pa, sanctions, sino zim, Zimbabwe
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