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EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 268/77


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2016/1752

of 30 September 2016

implementing Article 21(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/44 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44 of 18 January 2016 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya and repealing Regulation (EU) No 204/2011 (1), and in particular Article 21(2) thereof,

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

Whereas:

(1)

On 18 January 2016 the Council adopted Regulation (EU) 2016/44.

(2)

On 31 March 2016 the Council added three persons to the list of persons subject to restrictive measures as set out in Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2016/44. The information concerning, and the reasons for three of those persons should be amended.

(3)

Regulation (EU) 2016/44 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2016/44 is amended as set out in the Annex to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following 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, 30 September 2016.

For the Council

The President

M. LAJČÁK


(1)  OJ L 12, 19.1.2016, p. 1.


ANNEX

The entries concerning the persons listed below, as set out in Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2016/44, are replaced by the following entries:

‘ANNEX III

LIST OF NATURAL AND LEGAL PERSONS, ENTITIES OR BODIES REFERRED TO IN ARTICLE 6(2)

A.   Persons

 

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

21.

SALEH ISSA GWAIDER, Agila

d.o.b. 1 June 1942

Place of birth: Elgubba, Libya.

Passport: D001001 (Libya), issued 22 January 2015.

Agila Saleh has been the President of the Libyan House of Representatives since 5 August 2014.

On 17 December 2015 Saleh stated his opposition to the Libya Political Agreement signed on 17 December 2015.

As the President of the Council of Deputies, Saleh has obstructed and undermined the Libyan political transition, including by refusing several times to call a vote on the Government of National Accord (“GNA”).

On 23 August 2016, Saleh addressed a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in which he criticised the United Nations' support to the GNA which he described as the imposition “of a group of individuals on the Libyan people (…) in breach of the Constitution and the United Nations Charter”. He criticised the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2259(2015) which endorsed the Skhirat Agreement, and he threatened to bring the United Nations, which he holds responsible for “unconditional and unjustified” support to an incomplete Presidency Council, as well as the UN Secretary-General, before the International Criminal Court for violating the UN Charter, the Libyan Constitution and the sovereignty of Libya. Those statements undermine the support for mediation by the UN and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), as expressed by all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, notably Resolution 2259(2015).

On 6 September 2016, Saleh paid an official visit to Niger with Abdullah al-Thani, “Prime Minister” of the non-recognised government of Tobruk, even though Resolution 2259(2015) calls for the ceasing of support to and official contact with parallel institutions which claim to represent the legitimate authority but are not parties to the Agreement.

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22.

GHWELL, Khalifa

a.k.a. AL GHWEIL, Khalifa

AL-GHAWAIL, Khalifa

d.o.b. 1 January 1956

Place of birth: Misurata, Libya

Nationality: Libya

Passport: A005465 (Libya), issued 12 April 2015, expires 11 April 2017

Khalifa Ghwell was the so-called “Prime Minister and Defence Minister” of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress (“GNC”) (also known as the “National Salvation Government”), and as such was responsible for their activities.

On 7 July 2015 Khalifa Ghwell showed his support for the Steadfastness Front (Alsomood), a new military force of 7 brigades to prevent a unity government from forming in Tripoli, by attending the signing ceremony to inaugurate the force with GNC “President” Nuri Abu Sahmain.

As GNC “Prime Minister”, Ghwell has played a central role in obstructing the establishment of the GNA established under the Libya Political Agreement.

On 15 January 2016, in his capacity as the Tripoli GNC's “Prime Minister and Minister of Defence”, Ghwell ordered the arrest of any members of the new Security Team, appointed by the Prime Minister Designate of the Government of National Accord, who set foot in Tripoli.

On 31 August 2016 he ordered the “Prime Minister” and the “Defence Minister” of the “National Salvation Government” to return to work after the HoR had rejected the GNA.

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23.

ABU SAHMAIN, Nuri

a.k.a. BOSAMIN, Nori

BO SAMIN, Nuri

d.o.b. 16.5.1956

Place of birth: Zouara/Zuwara, Libya

Nuri Abu Sahmain used to be the so-called “President” of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress (“GNC”) (also known as the “National Salvation Government”), and as such is responsible for their activities.

As GNC “President”, Nuri Abu Sahmain has played a central role in obstructing and opposing the Libyan Political Agreement and the establishment of the Government of National Accord (“GNA”).

On 15 December 2015 Sahmain called for the postponement of the Libya Political Agreement scheduled to be agreed at a meeting on 17 December.

On 16 December 2015 Sahmain issued a statement that the GNC did not authorise any of its members to participate in the meeting or sign the Libya Political Agreement.

On 1 January 2016 Sahmain rejected the Libyan Political Agreement in talks with the United Nations Special Representative.

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