On 3 February, the EU published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/167, which amends for the 225th time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 which imposes certain restrictive measures directed against individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaida (“Regulation 881”). On 16 January, the EU published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/64, which also amends Regulation 881. These amendments aim to bring Regulation 881 in line with revisions made between November 2014 and January 2015 by the Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council (see our Client Update of 14 January 2014).

The following individuals were added to Regulation 881: (i) Ashraf Muhammad Yusuf 'Uthman 'Abd Al- Salam; (ii) Ibrahim 'Isa Hajji Muhammad Al-Bakr; (iii) Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili; and (iv) 'Abd Al-Malik Muhammad Yusuf 'Uthman 'Abd Al-Salam. These individuals are now subject to the asset freezing measures imposed by Regulation 881.

The following individuals were removed from Regulation 881: (i) Ismail Mohamed Ismail Abu Shaweesh; and (ii) Aqeel Abdulaziz Aqeel Al-Aqeel. These individuals are no longer subject to the asset freezing measures imposed by Regulation 881.

The entries of the following individuals were amended to provide more accurate information: (i) Doku Khamatovich Umarov; (ii) Aris Munandar; (iii) Yassin Syawal; (iv) Mohamed Ben Belgacem Ben Abdallah Al-Aouadi; (v) Adel Ben Al-Azhar Ben Youssef Hamdi; (vi) Sami Ben Khamis Ben Saleh Elsseid; and (vii) Mohamed Lakhal. These individuals remain subject to the asset freezing measures imposed by Regulation 881.

On 20 January, HM Treasury issued a Financial Sanctions Notice which amends its Consolidated Sanctions List to bring it in line with some of the changes introduced by Regulation 881.