On 2 January, the UN advised that 15 names had been removed from its sanctions lists.
Day: January 3, 2020
UNION BANCAIRE PRIVÉE, UBP SA TO PAY ADDITIONAL $14 MILLION UNDER SWISS BANK PROGRAM FOR AIDING US TAX EVASION
On 2 January, a release from the US DoJ announced that the Swiss private bank had agreed the penalty after it acknowledged it should have disclosed additional US-related accounts to the DoJ at the time of the signing of the original non-prosecution agreement in 2016 (when it paid a $187 million penalty).
LEOPOLDO CINTRA FRIAS, MINISTER OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES OF CUBA (MINFAR) DESIGNATED BY US STATE DEPARTMENT
A news release from the State Department on 2 January advised that Leopoldo Cintra Frias has been designated due to his alleged involvement, by command responsibility, in gross violations of human rights. It is also publicly designating his children, Deborah Cintra Gonzalez and Leopoldo Cintra Gonzalez. It is said that Cintra Frias bears responsibility for Cuba’s actions to prop up the former Maduro regime in Venezuela.
NEW US LAW REQUIRES PROBE OF MARSHALL ISLANDS NUCLEAR DUMP THREATENED BY RISING SEAS
On 30 December, an article in the LA Times said that included in a new Act passed by Congress is a demand that the Department of Energy investigate an ageing, cracking US nuclear waste dump threatened by climate change and rising seas in the Marshall Islands. The agency must submit a report by mid-June on the risks that Runit Dome poses to the people, environment and wildlife of Enewetak lagoon — the site of 44 nuclear bomb detonations during the Cold War. The islands sit in a remote part of the central Pacific, 5,000 miles southwest of Los Angeles. The newspaper has also revealed that it was the location of at least a dozen biological weapons tests as well as the repository for 130 tons of soil from an irradiated Nevada testing site.