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Document 32012R0377

Council Regulation (EU) No 377/2012 of 3 May 2012 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies threatening the peace, security or stability of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau

OJ L 119, 4.5.2012, p. 1–8 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)
Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 18 Volume 009 P. 259 - 266

In force: This act has been changed. Current consolidated version: 02/08/2022

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2012/377/oj

4.5.2012   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 119/1


COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 377/2012

of 3 May 2012

concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies threatening the peace, security or stability of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 215(2) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2012/237/CFSP of 3 May 2012 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies threatening the peace, security or stability of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (1),

Having regard to the joint proposal of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and of the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

Decision 2012/237/CFSP provides for the adoption of restrictive measures against certain persons, entities and bodies who seek to prevent or block a peaceful political process, or who take action that undermines stability in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. This concerns in particular those who played a leading role in the mutiny of 1 April 2010 and the coup d’état of 12 April 2012 and whose actions continue to be aimed at undermining the rule of law and the primacy of civilian power. These measures include the freezing of funds and economic resources of the natural or legal persons, entities and bodies listed in the Annex to that Decision.

(2)

These measures fall within the scope of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and, therefore, in particular with a view to ensuring their uniform application by economic operators in all Member States, regulatory action at the level of the Union is necessary in order to implement them.

(3)

This Regulation respects fundamental rights and observes principles recognised in particular by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and notably the right to an effective remedy, the right to a fair trial and the right to the protection of personal data. This Regulation should be applied in accordance with those rights and principles.

(4)

The power to amend the list in Annex I to this Regulation should be exercised by the Council, in view of the specific threat to international peace and security posed by the situation in Guinea-Bissau and in order to ensure consistency with the procedure for amending and reviewing the Annex to Decision 2012/237/CFSP.

(5)

The procedure for amending the list in Annex I to this Regulation should include providing designated natural or legal persons, entities or bodies with the grounds for the listing so as to give them an opportunity to submit observations. Where observations are submitted, or substantial new evidence is presented, the Council should review its decision in the light of those observations and inform the person, entity or body concerned accordingly.

(6)

For the implementation of this Regulation, and in order to create maximum legal certainty within the Union, the names and other relevant data concerning natural and legal persons, entities and bodies whose funds and economic resources are to be frozen in accordance with this Regulation should be made public. Any processing of personal data should respect Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (2) and Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (3).

(7)

In order to ensure that the measures provided for in this Regulation are effective, this Regulation should enter into force immediately,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

For the purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions shall apply:

(a)

‘funds’ means financial assets and benefits of every kind, including but not limited to:

(i)

cash, cheques, claims on money, drafts, money orders and other payment instruments;

(ii)

deposits with financial institutions or other entities, balances on accounts, debts and debt obligations;

(iii)

publicly- and privately-traded securities and debt instruments, including stocks and shares, certificates representing securities, bonds, notes, warrants, debentures and derivatives contracts;

(iv)

interest, dividends or other income on or value accruing from or generated by assets;

(v)

credit, right of set-off, guarantees, performance bonds or other financial commitments;

(vi)

letters of credit, bills of lading, bills of sale;

(vii)

documents evidencing an interest in funds or financial resources;

(b)

‘freezing of funds’ means preventing any move, transfer, alteration, use of, access to, or dealing with funds in any way that would result in any change in their volume, amount, location, ownership, possession, character, destination or other change that would enable the funds to be used, including portfolio management;

(c)

‘economic resources’ means assets of every kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable, which are not funds but can be used to obtain funds, goods or services;

(d)

‘freezing of economic resources’ means preventing the use of economic resources to obtain funds, goods or services in any way, including, but not limited to, by selling, hiring or mortgaging them;

(e)

‘territory of the Union’ means the territories to which the Treaty is applicable, under the conditions laid down in the Treaty.

Article 2

1.   All funds and economic resources belonging to, owned, held or controlled by natural or legal persons, entities and bodies who, in accordance with Article 2(1) of Decision 2012/237/CFSP, have been identified by the Council as either (i) engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau or (ii) being associated with such persons, entities or bodies, as listed in Annex I, shall be frozen.

2.   No funds or economic resources shall be made available, directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of the natural or legal persons, entities or bodies listed in Annex I.

3.   Participation, knowingly and intentionally, in activities the object or effect of which is, directly or indirectly, to circumvent the measures referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be prohibited.

Article 3

1.   Annex I shall include the grounds for listing of listed persons, entities and bodies.

2.   Annex I shall also include, where available, information necessary to identify the natural or legal persons, entities and bodies concerned. With regard to natural persons, such information may include names, including aliases, date and place of birth, nationality, passport and ID card numbers, gender, address, if known, and function or profession. With regard to legal persons, entities and bodies, such information may include names, place and date of registration, registration number and place of business.

Article 4

1.   By way of derogation from Article 2, the competent authorities of the Member States, as identified on the websites listed in Annex II, may authorise the release of certain frozen funds or economic resources, or the making available of certain funds or economic resources, under such conditions as they deem appropriate, after having determined that the funds or economic resources are:

(a)

necessary to satisfy the basic needs of the persons listed in Annex I and their dependent family members, including payments for foodstuffs, rent or mortgage, medicines and medical treatment, taxes, insurance premiums, and public utility charges;

(b)

intended exclusively for payment of reasonable professional fees and reimbursement of incurred expenses associated with the provision of legal services;

(c)

intended exclusively for payment of fees or service charges for routine holding or maintenance of frozen funds or economic resources; or

(d)

necessary for extraordinary expenses, provided in this case that the Member State has notified the grounds on which it considers that a specific authorisation should be granted to all other Member States and to the Commission at least two weeks prior to authorisation.

2.   The relevant Member State shall inform the other Member States and the Commission of any authorisation granted under paragraph 1.

Article 5

1.   By way of derogation from Article 2, the competent authorities of the Member States, as identified on the websites listed in Annex II, may authorise the release of certain frozen funds or economic resources, if the following conditions are met:

(a)

the funds or economic resources in question are the subject of a judicial, administrative or arbitral lien established prior to the date on which the natural or legal person, entity or body referred to in Article 2 was included in Annex I or of a judicial, administrative or arbitral judgment rendered prior to that date;

(b)

the funds or economic resources in question will be used exclusively to satisfy claims secured by such a lien or recognised as valid in such a judgment, within the limits set by applicable laws and regulations governing the rights of persons having such claims;

(c)

the lien or judgment is not for the benefit of a natural or legal person, entity or body listed in Annex I; and

(d)

recognising the lien or judgment is not contrary to public policy in the Member State concerned.

2.   The relevant Member State shall inform the other Member States and the Commission of any authorisation granted under paragraph 1.

Article 6

1.   Article 2(2) shall not apply to the addition to frozen accounts of:

(a)

interest or other earnings on those accounts; or

(b)

payments due under contracts, agreements or obligations that were concluded or arose prior to the date on which the natural or legal person, entity or body referred to in Article 2 was included in Annex I,

provided that any such interest, other earnings and payments are frozen in accordance with Article 2(1).

2.   Article 2(2) shall not prevent financial or credit institutions in the Union from crediting frozen accounts where they receive funds transferred to the account of a listed natural or legal person, entity or body, provided that any additions to such accounts will also be frozen. The financial or credit institution shall inform the relevant competent authority about any such transaction without delay.

Article 7

1.   The freezing of funds and economic resources or the refusal to make funds or economic resources available, carried out in good faith on the basis that such action is in accordance with this Regulation, shall not give rise to liability of any kind on the part of the natural or legal person, entity or body implementing it, or its directors or employees, unless it is proved that the funds and economic resources were frozen or withheld as a result of negligence.

2.   The prohibition set out in Article 2(2) shall not give rise to any liability of any kind on the part of the natural and legal persons, entities and bodies who made funds or economic resources available if they did not know, and had no reasonable cause to suspect, that their actions would infringe the prohibition in question.

Article 8

1.   Without prejudice to the applicable rules concerning reporting, confidentiality and professional secrecy, the natural and legal persons, entities and bodies listed in Annex I shall:

(a)

supply immediately any information which would facilitate compliance with this Regulation, such as accounts and amounts frozen in accordance with Article 2, to the competent authority of the Member State where they are resident or located, as identified on the websites listed in Annex II, and shall transmit such information, either directly or through that competent authority, to the Commission; and

(b)

cooperate with that competent authority in any verification of this information.

2.   Any information provided or received in accordance with this Article shall be used only for the purposes for which it was provided or received.

Article 9

The Commission and Member States shall immediately inform each other of the measures taken under this Regulation and shall supply each other with any other relevant information at their disposal in connection with this Regulation, in particular information in respect of violation and enforcement problems and judgments handed down by national courts.

Article 10

The Commission shall be empowered to amend Annex II on the basis of information supplied by Member States.

Article 11

1.   Where the Council decides to subject a natural or legal person, entity or body to the measures referred to in Article 2(1), it shall amend Annex I accordingly.

2.   The Council shall communicate its decision, including the grounds for the listing, to the natural or legal person, entity or body referred to in paragraph 1, either directly, if the address is known, or through the publication of a notice, providing such natural or legal person, entity or body with an opportunity to submit observations.

3.   Where observations are submitted, or where substantial new evidence is presented, the Council shall review its decision and inform the natural or legal person, entity or body concerned accordingly.

4.   The list in Annex I shall be reviewed at regular intervals and at least every 12 months.

Article 12

1.   Member States shall lay down the rules on penalties applicable to infringements of this Regulation and shall take all measures necessary to ensure that they are implemented. The penalties provided for must be effective, proportionate and dissuasive.

2.   Member States shall notify the Commission of those rules without delay after the entry into force of this Regulation and shall notify it of any subsequent amendment to such rules.

Article 13

Where this Regulation provides for a requirement to notify, inform or otherwise communicate with the Commission, the address and other contact details to be used for such communication shall be those indicated in Annex II.

Article 14

This Regulation shall apply:

(a)

within the territory of the Union, including its airspace;

(b)

on board any aircraft or any vessel under the jurisdiction of a Member State;

(c)

to any person inside or outside the territory of the Union who is a national of a Member State;

(d)

to any legal person, entity or body which is incorporated or constituted under the law of a Member State;

(e)

to any legal person, entity or body in respect of any business done in whole or in part within the Union.

Article 15

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 3 May 2012.

For the Council

The President

N. WAMMEN


(1)  See page 43 of this Official Journal.

(2)  OJ L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1.

(3)  OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31.


ANNEX I

List of natural and legal persons, entities or bodies referred to in Articles 2(1) and 2(2)

Persons

 

Name

Identifying information (date and place of birth (d.o.b. and p.o.b.), passport/ID card number, etc.)

Grounds for listing

Date of listing

1.

General António INJAI (a.k.a António INDJAI)

Nationality: Guinea-Bissau

d.o.b.: 20 January 1955

p.o.b.: Encheia, Sector de Bissorá, Região de Oio, Guiné-Bissau

Parentage: Wasna Injai and Quiritche Cofte

Official function: Lieutenant General – Chefe de Estado-Maior Geral das Forças Armadas

António Injai has been personally involved in planning and leading the mutiny of 1 April 2010, culminating with the illegal apprehension of the Prime Minister, Carlo Gomes Junior, and the then Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, José Zamora Induta.

António Injai has operated in a way to pressure the Government for his appointment as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces.

3.5.2012

 

 

National ID: Unknown (Guinea-Bissau)

Passport: Diplomatic passport AAID00435

Date of issue: 18.02.2010

Place of issue: Guinea-Bissau

Date of expiry: 18.02.2013

Indjai has been consistently making public statements threatening the lives of the legitimate authorities namely against Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior and undermining rule of law, undercutting civilian powers, furthering a pervasive climate of impunity and instability in the country.

During the 2012 electoral period, in his capacity as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Injai again made statements threatening to overthrow the elected authorities and to put an end to the electoral process.

 

 

 

 

António Injai has been once again involved in the operational planning of the coup d'état of 12 April 2012. In the aftermath of the coup, the first communiqué by the "Military Command" was issued by the Armed Forces General Staff, which is led by General Injai. He did not in any way counter or distance himself from that unconstitutional military action.

 

2.

Major General Mamadu TURE (N'KRUMAH) (a.k.a. N’Krumah)

Nationality – Guinea-Bissau

d.o.b. 26 April 1947

Diplomatic Passport no DA0002186

Date of issue: 30.03.2007

Date of expiry: 26.08.2013

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces. Member of the "Military Command" which has assumed responsibility for the coup d'état of 12 April 2012.

3.5.2012

3.

General Augusto MÁRIO CÓ

 

Army Chief of Staff. Member of the "Military Command" which has assumed responsibility for the coup d'état of 12 April 2012.

3.5.2012

4.

General Estêvão NA MENA

 

Navy Chief of Staff. Member of the "Military Command" which has assumed responsibility for the coup d'état of 12 April 2012.

3.5.2012

5.

Brigadier General Ibraima CAMARÁ (a.k.a “Papa Camará”)

Nationality – Guinea-Bissau

d.o.b. 11 May 1964

Diplomatic Passport no AAID00437

Date of Issue:18.02.2010

Date of expiry: 18.02.2013

Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Member of the "Military Command" which has assumed responsibility for the coup d'état of 12 April 2012.

3.5.2012

6.

Lieutenant colonel Daba NAUALNA (a.k.a. Daba Na Walna)

Nationality – Guinea-Bissau

d.o.b. 6 June 1966

Passport no SA 0000417

Date of issue: 29.10.2003

Date of expiry: 10.03.2013

Spokesperson of the "Military Command" which has assumed responsibility for the coup d'état of 12 April 2012.

3.5.2012


ANNEX II

Websites for information on the competent authorities in the Member States referred to in Articles 4(1), 5(1) and 8(1), and address for notifications to the European Commission

A.

Competent authorities in each Member State:

 

BELGIUM

http://www.diplomatie.be/eusanctions

 

BULGARIA

http://www.mfa.bg/en/pages/view/5519

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

http://www.mfcr.cz/mezinarodnisankce

 

DENMARK

http://um.dk/da/politik-og-diplomati/retsorden/sanktioner/

 

GERMANY

http://www.bmwi.de/BMWi/Navigation/Aussenwirtschaft/Aussenwirtschaftsrecht/embargos.html

 

ESTONIA

http://www.vm.ee/est/kat_622/

 

IRELAND

http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=28519

 

GREECE

http://www1.mfa.gr/en/foreign-policy/global-issues/international-sanctions.html

 

SPAIN

http://www.maec.es/es/MenuPpal/Asuntos/Sanciones%20Internacionales/Paginas/Sanciones_%20Internacionales.aspx

 

FRANCE

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/autorites-sanctions/

 

ITALY

http://www.esteri.it/MAE/IT/Politica_Europea/Deroghe.htm

 

CYPRUS

http://www.mfa.gov.cy/sanctions

 

LATVIA

http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/security/4539

 

LITHUANIA

http://www.urm.lt/sanctions

 

LUXEMBOURG

http://www.mae.lu/sanctions

 

HUNGARY

http://www.kulugyminiszterium.hu/kum/hu/bal/Kulpolitikank/nemzetkozi_szankciok/

 

MALTA

http://www.doi.gov.mt/EN/bodies/boards/sanctions_monitoring.asp

 

NETHERLANDS

http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/internationale-vrede-en-veiligheid/sancties

 

AUSTRIA

http://www.bmeia.gv.at/view.php3?f_id=12750&LNG=en&version=

 

POLAND

http://www.msz.gov.pl

 

PORTUGAL

http://www.min-nestrangeiros.pt

 

ROMANIA

http://www.mae.ro/node/1548

 

SLOVENIA

http://www.mzz.gov.si/si/zunanja_politika_in_mednarodno_pravo/zunanja_politika/mednarodna_varnost/omejevalni_ukrepi/

 

SLOVAKIA

http://www.foreign.gov.sk

 

FINLAND

http://formin.finland.fi/kvyhteistyo/pakotteet

 

SWEDEN

http://www.ud.se/sanktioner

 

UNITED KINGDOM

www.fco.gov.uk/competentauthorities

B.

Address for notifications to, or other communication with, the European Commission:

European Commission

Foreign Policy Instruments Service

Unit FPIS.2

CHAR 12/106

B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel

Belgium

E-mail: relex-sanctions@ec.europa.eu

Tel. (32 2) 295 55 85

Fax (32 2) 299 08 73


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