Trump Order Puts Dan Gertler on US Treasury Sanctions List

Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler has been placed on the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned individuals list due to his business ties with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
President Trump signed an executive order on December 20 that places Gertler, the grandson of former Israel Diamond Exchange and World Federation of Diamond Bourses President Moshe Schnitzer, on the OFAC list.
Being a “specially designated national” of OFAC means that American citizens cannot do business with him or his firms; in addition, all his property and financial interests in the United States are blocked.
Gertler was put on the OFAC list under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act which was passed last year and which allows the president to sanction individuals for gross violations of human rights and significant acts of corruption.
The U.S. Treasury said Gertler has used his close relationship with the country’s president, Joseph Kabila, to amass a fortune through corrupt and unclear arrangements. From 2010 to 2012 alone, Congo is reported to have lost more than $1.36 billion in revenues from the underpricing of mining assets that were sold to offshore companies linked to Gertler.
“Gertler has used his close friendship with DRC President Joseph Kabila to act as a middleman for mining asset sales in the DRC, requiring some multinational companies to go through Gertler to do business with the Congolese state," the U.S. Treasury said in a statement.
Gertler has not responded to the OFAC listing.
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