SYRIA: EU LIFTS SANCTIONS ON AIRLINE ACCUSED OF SMUGGLING MIGRANTS

On 20 July, Middle East Eye reported that sanctions were originally imposed on Cham Wings Airlines in December, after it was accused by the EU of flying people to Belarus so they could cross the bloc’s external borders.  It is said that an EU spokesperson could not say why the ban had been lifted.  Middle East Eye also noted that, though the airline is not sanctioned by the UN, a UN panel of experts identified that between 1 January and 10 March 2020, there were at least 33 flights from Damascus to Benghazi, said to be likely carrying Syrian mercenaries in contravention of an international arms ban on Libya.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-eu-lifts-sanctions-airline-accused-smuggling-migrants

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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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