On 19 November 2015, OFAC removed two individuals from the SDN List. Colombian national Carlos Agustin Urrego Escudero was originally designated as an SDNT on 6 May 2010 for his connection to the financial networks of Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (“FARC”). Honduran national Jose Miguel Handal Perez was originally designated as an SDNT for being the head of a Honduran-based drug trafficking organisation. It is not immediately clear why either individual was removed from the SDN List.

On 19 November 2015, the US State Department removed the Italian firm Dettin SpA from the SDN List. Dettin SpA was originally designated on 29 August 2014 for providing goods and services to Iran’s petrochemical industry. A State Department spokesman said that it made the removal in response to the company’s petition.

On 19 November 2015, OFAC continued its purge of Cuban entries on the SDN List. Most of these removals are part of OFAC’s efforts to reduce the compliance burden of an out-dated SDN List. The removals also included several senior directors and officers of London-based Havin Bank Limited, formerly known as Havana International Bank. These latter removals came at the heels of the second round of talks between the United States and Cuba regarding the normalisation of their relations.

On 17 November 2015, OFAC removed Yemeni national Nasir Al-Wahishi from the SDN List. AlWahishi was originally designated on 16 July 2010 for his leadership of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He was killed in a US air strike on 16 June 2015.

On 13 November 2015, OFAC removed Libyan national Humayd ‘Abd-Al-Salam from the SDN List. ‘Abd-AlSalam was originally designated on 14 February 2012 for assisting the sons of Muammar Qadaffi during a revolt to overthrow the Qadaffi regime. It is not immediately clear why he was removed from the SDN List.