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Published on February 23rd, 2011 | by Ali Gharib


Two Iranian officials added to U.S. sanctions list

Two more Iranian officials have been added to the list of people who are named, shamed, and boxed into their Iranian existence (assets frozen, travel ban, etc.).

The officials, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and a Tehran prosecutor, were sanctioned because of their role in the 2009 crackdown against peaceful protesters in the wake of the disputed presidential election.

Reuters has the story:

The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement that the Tehran prosecutor general, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, and the commander of the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Basij Forces, Mohammed Reza Naqdi, were added to its Office of Foreign Assets Control blacklist.

The action bans any U.S. persons from transactions with them and seeks to freeze any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction. It also subjects them to State Department visa sanctions.

The sanctions were imposed under an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in September 2010 that targeted human rights abuses the United States said were committed by Iranian government officials.

About the Author


Ali Gharib is a New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy with a focus on the Middle East and Central Asia. His work has appeared at Inter Press Service, where he was the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief; the Buffalo Beast; Huffington Post; Mondoweiss; Right Web; and Alternet. He holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A proud Iranian-American and fluent Farsi speaker, Ali was born in California and raised in D.C.

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