On 21 August, the US Treasury Department added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list two diamond companies and three Central African Republic (CAR) militia leaders.
The blocked companies are BADICA, the CAR’s largest diamond company, and its Belgian branch KARDIAM. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), an international initiative designed to stem the flow of conflict diamonds, has prohibited the exportation of diamonds from the CAR since May 2013. According to the US government, BADICA has purchased conflict diamonds from the CAR militia Seleka and has smuggled them to KARDIAM in Belgium in violation of the KPCS.
The three designated individuals, Alfred Yekatom, Habib Soussou and Oumar Younous, are commanders in the Seleka and Anti-Balaka militia groups in the CAR. They were added to the SDN list for being leaders of groups that threaten the peace, security or stability of the CAR.
Also on 21 August, the US Treasury Department removed Levi Yakite, who is reportedly deceased, from the SDN List. Yakite was a political coordinator for Anti-Balaka and was designated at the time President Obama signed the original executive order imposing sanctions related to the CAR.