On 2 November 2015, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1988 (2011) issued a press release announcing the addition of one individual to the Committee’s Taliban Sanctions List (the ‘1988 List’) pursuant to paragraph 2 of Security Council Resolution 2160 (2014). The individual is Torek Agha (‘Torek’).

The Committee stated that Torek, a senior Taliban leader, was listed for “‘participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of ’ and ‘otherwise supporting acts or activities of ’ those designated and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with the Taliban in “constituting a threat to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan”.

On 16 November 2015, the EU brought itself in line with the UN by listing Torek, pursuant to Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2043 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/2054, implementing respectively Council Regulation 753/2011 and Council Decision 2011/486/CFSP. The US listed him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in October 2015 (see Issue 44 of the Sanctions Alert). The updated 1988 List can be found here.