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Mohamed Makhlouf

Position: Financial Advisor to Assad Family

Sanctions: US (December 1, 2011)

The United States sanctioned Mohamed Makhlouf on December 1, 2011 for “materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of Bashar al-Assad.”[1]

The Treasury Department described Makhlouf, who is President Assad’s uncle and father of Hafez and Rami Makhlouf, as Assad’s “primary economic advisor,” and alleged that he “ensured that assets in nearly all sectors were controlled by businessmen who were willing to act as proxies for the Assad regime in return for profits.”[2]


[1]“Treasury Sanctions High-Ranking Syrians, Identifies Government-Controlled Businesses,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, December 1, 2011. (http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1373.aspx)

[2]“Treasury Sanctions High-Ranking Syrians, Identifies Government-Controlled Businesses,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, December 1, 2011. (http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1373.aspx)