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OFAC Sanctions Venezuelan State-Owned Airline For Allegedly Transporting Maduro Administration Officials Abroad

Last week the Federal government announced new sanctions against the government of Nicolas Maduro, naming a Venezuelan state-own airline for allegedly transporting corrupt officials abroad to aid in crackdowns in democracies.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the sanctions against the state-owned airline, saying that it has been used to steal government money and deposit abroad as well.

Based in Caracas, the airline serves both domestic and international routes. OFAC says this designation will not impede travel by private Venezuelan citizens, as other carriers serve the country. However, it is hoped to make travel for state officials more difficult, as OFAC accuses it of transporting officials to countries like Cuba, Iran, and the DPRK (North Korea).

In its announcement, OFAC named several aircraft by tail number, including two Viking Air DHC7s, one Airbus A319, one Airbus A340, six ATR ATR42s, seven Boeing B737s, sixteen Embraer ERJ190s, and seven Cessna 208s.

OFAC noted that transactions with the designated individuals is forbidden to United States citizens, as well as all transactions within or transitioning through the U.S.

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