On 21 August, Prince Asiel Ben Israel, a 73-year-old restaurateur, religious leader and political activist from Chicago’s South Side, was sentenced in US District Court to seven months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for accepting payments from Zimbabwean officials to lobby US federal and state officials to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe.  The US government had charged Ben Israel and his co-defendant C. Gregory Turner with several offences arising from this arrangement, including wilfully violating US sanctions laws by agreeing to accept payments from Zimbabwean officials who are on the SDN list. Under a plea agreement, Ben Israel agreed to plead guilty to one count of wilfully failing to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and the US government agreed to dismiss the remaining counts including the sanctions violation.  Turner has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

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