World-Check Eight Years Ahead of OFAC Sanctions Against FDLR leadership in DRC

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The FDLR was first profiled on the World-Check risk intelligence database in April 2005, for reportedly creating instability in the eastern DRC, and for its activities which are considered to pose a serious threat to human security, economic development and political stability in the entire Great Lakes region. Five reported leaders of the group recently designated by OFAC were all previously profiled on the World-Check database between 2001 and 2008.

The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on the 4th of March designated five senior political and military leaders of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) as Specially Designated Nationals (SDN). Operating illegally in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the sanctioned leaders of the group also appear on the United Nations Security Council Consolidated Travel Ban and Assets Freeze List.

The FDLR was first profiled on the World-Check risk intelligence database in April 2005, for reportedly creating instability in the eastern DRC, and for its activities which are considered to pose a serious threat to human security, economic development and political stability in the entire Great Lakes region. The group consists of a variety of armed groups, many of them remnants of the militias that carried out Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

Added to the World-Check database between 2001 and 2008, the individual leaders who were recently designated are Sylvestre Mudacumura (UID 374634), Callixte Mbarushimana (UID 20600), Pacifique Ntawunguka (UID 792774), Leopold Mujyambere (UID 793722), and Stanislas Nzeyimana (UID 792777). Significantly, three of these leaders have also been sanctioned by the UN for the recruitment of children and for sexual violence committed by groups that they commanded.

"Compliance officers at international banks whose clients' trade with Rwanda and the DRC are advised to review the names on the list as any assets of these individuals that are within U.S. jurisdiction must be frozen and U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting any transactions with these individuals" said Mr. Daniel Peak, Chief Executive Officer of World-Check. "World-Check continues to warn clients of potential risk years ahead of official sanction lists, and we are committed to assisting governments worldwide in efforts against financial crime and the illegal activities these crimes support. Following our recent acquisition of IntegraScreen, we now have a research network of more than 400 analysts spanning five continents, covering emerging risks on a 24/7 basis and anticipate our track record will only become more impressive."

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