People targeted Thursday by US for human rights violations, corruption

The Trumpet administration hit 13 individuals all over the world with U.S. sanctions on Thursday under a 2016 law that allows the Ministry of finance for the purpose of people everywhere for human rights violations and corruption.


—Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who would have made a goon squad known as “Junglers” that terrorized and killed numerous political enemies, including religious leaders, journalists, and dissidents, during his time in power from 1994 to 2017. Jammeh is also accused of plundering his country’s coffers by stealing at least $50 million in the treasury.

—Roberto Jose Rivas Reyes, the president of Nicaragua’s supreme electoral council, which is accused of massive corruption and is responsible for the widespread vote fraud.

—Israeli businessman Dan Gertler, who claimed to have amassed a personal fortune of billions of dollars through corrupt deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Gertler is accused of using his personal relationship with the Congolese President Joseph Kabila to siphon off revenue from the sale of mineral and oil rights.

—Serbian arms dealer Slobodan Tesic, who is accused of one of the largest weapons suppliers in the Balkans and the bribery of officials and politicians in several countries, including Liberia, and the violation of the UN sanctions.

—Maung Maung Soe, the former president of the Myanmar military’s western command, who is accused of overseeing the army’s ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. The US said it had seen credible evidence that the forces under his command carried out widespread extrajudicial executions, sexual violence, arbitrary arrests, and the burning of villages.

—South Sudanese businessman Benjamin Mel Ball, a former advisor to the South sudanese President Salva Kiir. His company Thai South Sudan Construction Company Limited, is alleged to have been awarded tens of millions of dollars in no-bid contracts with the government.

—Pakistani surgeon Mukhtar Hamid Shah, a transplant specialist who is accused of trading in human organs by the kidnapping and the arrest of poor and illiterate workers to their kidneys against their will.

—Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the late Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov, who would have led an organized crime syndicate that used government to expropriate companies, and markets to monopolize, to ask for a bribe and run extortion rackets.

—Dominican businessman, Angel Rondon Rijo, who would have bribed his way to major infrastructure construction contracts, such as for roads and dams worth billions of dollars.

—Artem Chaika, son of the Russian Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika, who is accused of using his family connections to unfairly to buy in the property of the state of assets and to win contracts, as well as to harass and interfere with the competitors.

—Gao Yan, the former director of the Public Security Bureau in Beijing Chaoyang Branch, who is accused of the abuse of human rights activists, including Cao Shunli, who died of organ failure in his custody after being denied medical treatment.

—The former Ukrainian police commander Sergei Kusiuk, head of the elite Berkut unit, who is accused of striking, and in some cases kill, peaceful protesters in 2014. Kusiuk fled Ukraine and is now believed to be in Russia.

—Guatemalan politician Julio Antonio Juarez Ramirez, who is accused of ordering an attack in which two journalists, one of them had reported critically on him, were killed.

—Yankuba Badjie, the former president of the Gambia National Intelligence Agency, who would have overseen the murder of opposition figures.

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