Communication to the persons under Art. 3, Para 2 and 3 from the Law on the Measures against Money Laundering in relation with amendment of the list under Art. 4b, item 3 from the LMFT on the physical persons, legal persons, groups and organizations

On 01.06.2016 a decision of the Council of Ministers of Republic of Bulgaria pursuant to Art. 5, Para 1 from the Law on the Measures against the Financing of Terrorism (LMFT) for amendment of the list under Art. 4b, item 3 from the LMFT (adopted with Decision № 265 of the Council of Ministers dd. 23.04.2003) on the physical persons, legal persons, groups and organizations in respect whereof the measures under the LMFT should be applied, was adopted.

The decision endorsed by the Council of Ministers expands the scope of the persons under Section III of the list under Art. 4b, item 3 from the LMFT with persons against whom have been instituted criminal proceedings not only for terrorism and/or its financing but also for recruitment and training of persons or group of persons for the purpose of commission of terrorism as well as for exiting or entering through the Bulgarian borders and illegal residence for the purpose of participation in terrorism.

Upon a proposal by the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria a new Section IV has been created – for persons regarding whom is available sufficient data that they are carrying out activities related to terrorism or to financing of terrorism. In this Section the alleged perpetrators of the terrorist act in Sarafovo Airport in 2012 – El Hajj Hassan Hassan and Farah Meliad are included.

FID-SANS emphasizes on the need of rigorous implementation by the persons under Art. 3, Para 2 and 3 from the LMML of the measures under Art. 3 of the LMFT (blocking/freezing and prohibition to provide financial services, financial means and other financial assets or other economic resources) taking into consideration the abovementioned amendment of the list under Art. 4b, item 3 from the LMFT as well the measures envisaged in the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the regulations of the European Parliament and the Council related to sanctions for terrorism or its financing.