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Published on February 23rd, 2011 | by Ali Gharib

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Two Iranian officials added to U.S. sanctions list

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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.

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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.



One Response to Two Iranian officials added to U.S. sanctions list

  1. avatar Jamal says:

    You mean to say that US treasury is not interested in their money.., do these people have any investment in US or in any EU banks, do these people have any interests to com and visit US or for that matter EU countries.., although everything.., now a days played.., as a used and abused scenarios by politicians.., and as if the life of people was a movie to be played by the fakers in Hollywood , yet this one is out of proportion in terms of usual politic. But if that’s what US government wants so be it.

    I was just wondering if US is willing to do the same thing when it comes to Israel, the killings of Palestinians’ stealing their land, the ilegal Iraq invasion, war crimes committed and documented both in Iraq and Afghanistan, the closing of Guantanamo, the healthcare, the statements by General David Petrious that Afghani people burning their children to MAKE US LOOK BAD and Etc. are not as serious as Iran matter is, perhaps if US government would like to tackle these issues first, then people would think that US is truly means business when it comes to democracy, its principals and its functionality at home. Anyone who wants to know the fact is that people are hungry in US, people are poorer then before, states governments after states governments are bankrupt.., yet US government is after two Iranian Generals and their money! Something is wrong here and I am sure that someone is out there have the answer to all the above, then again could that be possible that his name is Paul Wolfowitz.

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