C4DS has produced a report on the network involving Samer Foz, 46, his siblings Amer and Husen Foz, and 10 of their businesses in Syria, Lebanon, and the UAE.  The article says that C4ADS was able to identify 18 unsanctioned companies – in Turkey, Lebanon and UAE – that are likely linked to Samer Foz using OFAC and other publicly-available information.  These could enable the Foz network to continue its support for the Assad regime and profit despite US sanctions, it says, and could also help the Foz siblings protect their assets from Assad’s regime and benefit from the Syrian reconstruction process.  He has not always had a low profile, in August 2018, for example, the Wall Street Journal profiled him, saying that “Samer Foz has managed the rare feat amid the ravaged nation’s wartime economy of getting rich without getting sanctioned”.  However, OFAC did then list him.  In June 2019, The Times reported that Samer Foz was the director of a UK company that acts as his agent but also apparently runs a TV station and propaganda website through 2 other companies.  He was said to profited from land taken from families who have fled the Syrian war.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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