Treasury Sanctions Procurement Agents Of Hizballah Front Company Based In Lebanon With Subsidiaries In The UAE And China

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7/10/2014
Action Targets Company’s Owners and Several Managers Responsible for Supporting Hizballah’s Global Procurement Operations
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury targeted a key Hizballah procurement network today by designating brothers Kamel and Issam Mohamad Amhaz, their consumer electronics business Stars Group Holding based in Beirut, Lebanon, its subsidiaries, and certain managers and individuals who support their illicit activities.  Today’s actions were taken pursuant to E.O. 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists, or acts of terrorism.  As a result of today’s action, all assets of those designated today that are based in the United States or in control by U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.  Today’s action highlights Hizballah’s continued reliance on companies for material support, including the procurement of material used to enhance the group’s military capabilities.


Hizballah has used the Stars Group Holding network to covertly purchase sophisticated electronics and other technology from suppliers across the world.  Items obtained by Hizballah using the Stars Group Holding network have directly supported the group’s military capabilities, including the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have been used most recently to support Hizballah’s military activities in Syria and to conduct surveillance operations in Israel.


“With disturbing reach far beyond Lebanon, Hizballah’s extensive procurement networks exploit the international financial system to enhance its military capabilities in Syria and its terrorist activities worldwide,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.  “This global terrorist activity and expanding criminal network belie Hizballah’s claimed purpose as a national liberation movement.  It is critical that countries throughout the world work together to combat this dangerous organization and sever it from sources of revenue and support.”


Beirut-based Stars Group Holding is owned and managed by President and Chief Executive Officer Kamel Mohamad Amhaz and company Chairman Issam Mohamad Amhaz.  In addition to the company’s Lebanon-based businesses, Treasury-designated Stars Group Holding maintains subsidiaries in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Unique Stars Mobile Phones LLC, and Guangzhou, China, Stars International Ltd.  Today’s action also targets Ayman Ibrahim, who serves as the General Manager of Unique Stars Mobile Phones LLC, and Ali Zeaiter who is the General Manager of Stars International Ltd.


Over the past three years, Stars Group Holding, Kamel Mohamad Amhaz, Issam Mohamad Amhaz, Ayman Ibrahim, and Ali Zeaiter have used these China- and UAE-based subsidiaries to acquire a range of engines, communications, electronics, and navigation equipment from companies in the United States, Asia, Canada, and Europe for Hizballah’s use in UAVs and for other projects.  These individuals and entities have relied on false end-user certificates, mislabeled air waybills, and other fraudulent methods to avoid export restrictions and otherwise conceal Hizballah as the ultimate end-user or beneficiary of these goods.


In addition to the Stars Group Holding owners, managers, and companies described above, Treasury is also designating Hanna Elias Khalifeh, a Hizballah member and Lebanese businessman who has worked directly with Stars Group Holding network managers to facilitate these procurement activities on behalf of Hizballah.


The following Beirut-based subsidiaries of Stars Group Holding were also designated by Treasury today:  Stars Communications Ltd., Teleserve Plus Sal, Stars Communications Offshore Sal, and Fastlink SARL.




Identifying Information 

 

Individual 1:               KAMEL MOHAMAD AMHAZ
AKA:                          Kamel Mohamed Amhaz  
AKA:                          Kamel Amhaz
AKA:                          Kamel Al-Amhaz  
AKA:                          Kamil Amhaz
DOB:                          04 August 1973
Nationality:                 Lebanon
Passport:                      RL2244333, Lebanon  
ID No:                         61 Niha El-Mehfara
Address 1:                   5th Floor, Ghadir Building, Kods Street, Haret Hreik (Baabda), Lebanon
Address 2:                   Ghadir, 5th Floor, Safarat, Bir Hassan, Jenah, Lebanon
Address 3:                   Ghadir, 5th Floor, Embassies Street, Bir Hasan, Lebanon
Address 4:                   Dallas Center, Saida Old Street, Chiah, Baabda, Lebanon
Occupation:                 President & Chief Executive Officer, Stars Group Holding
 
Individual 2:               ISSAM MOHAMAD AMHAZ
 
AKA:                          Issam Mohamed Amhaz
AKA:                          ‘Isam Amhaz  
DOB:                          04 March 1967
POB:                           Baalbek, Lebanon
Nationality:                 Lebanon
Passport:                      RL0000199, Lebanon
ID No:                        61 Nabha
Address 1:                   Ghadir, 5th Floor, Safarat, Bir Hassan, Jenah, Lebanon
Address 2:                   Issam Mohamad Amhaz Property, Ambassades (Safarate), Bir Hassan Area, Ghobeiri (Baabda), Lebanon
Occupation:                 Chairman, Stars Group Holding 
Occupation:                 General Manager, Teleserve Plus Sal
 
 
Individual 3:               AYMAN IBRAHIM  
AKA:                          Ayman Ahmad Ibrahim
DOB:                          01 April 1979
POB:                           ‘Adlun, Lebanon  
Occupation:                 General Manager, Unique Stars Mobile Phones LLC




Individual 4:               ALI ZEAITER
AKA:                          Ali Zoeiter  
AKA:                          ‘Ali Zu’aytar
AKA:                          Ali Husayn Zu’aytir
DOB:                          24 February 1977
Nationality:                 Lebanon
Passport 1:                   RL1924321, Lebanon
Passport 2:                   RL0877465, Lebanon
Address 1:                   No. 351 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China  
Address 2:                   Room 2203A, Grand Tower, No. 228 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China
Address 3:                   Room 2203A, Guangcheng Building, No. 228 Tianhe Road, Guangzhou,   China  
Address 4:                   204 No. 253 Tianhebei Road, Guangzhou, China
Occupation:                 General Manager, Stars International Ltd.


Individual 5:               HANNA ELIAS KHALIFEH
AKA:                          Hanna Khalifah
AKA:                          Hanna Khalife
DOB:                          09 July 1955
Nationality:                 Lebanon 
Passport:                      RL2033216, Lebanon   
Address 1:                   Midan Street, Mazraat Yachouh, Metn, Lebanon
Address 2:                   Asaad Karam Building, Midan Street, Mazraat Yachouh, Lebanon
 
Parent Company:      STARS GROUP HOLDING  
AKA:                          Stars Group Sal (Holding)
AKA:                          Stars Group Holding SAL
Registration/File
Number:                      1901453, Beirut, Lebanon     
Registered Office:      Property Number 5208/62, Issam Mohamed Amha, 6th Floor, Dallas Center, Old Saida Road, C, Lebanon
Chamber of
Commerce Number:    317211
Mailing Address:        Postal Box 13-5483, Lebanon
Address 1:                   Bdeir Building, Snoubra Street, Bir El-Abed Area,  Haret Hreik, Baabda, Lebanon
Address 2:                   Bir El Abed, Hadi Nasrallah Highway, Middle East & Africa Bank Building, First Floor, Beirut, Lebanon
Address 3:                   Old Saida Road, Dallas Center, 6th Floor, Beirut, Lebanon
Webpage URL:           www.starscom.net
 
Subsidiary 1:              UNIQUE STARS MOBILE PHONES LLC  
AKA:                          Unique Stars LLC
Registration/
File Number:               591610, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Chamber of
Commerce Number:    116340
Registered Office:      Postal Box 98498, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mailing Address:        Postal Box 98498, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location 1:                  Al Maktoum Road, Deira, Al Kabira Building, First Floor, Office #103, PO Box 98498, Dubai, UAE
Location 2:                  Office 103, 1st Floor, Sheikh Rashed Building, Al Maktoum Road, Deira, DXB Municipality, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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