Ali Akbar Tabatabaei

Also Known As: 

Ali Akbar Tabatabesi Sayyid Ali Akbar Tabatabaei Ali Akbar Tabatabai'i Sayed Tahmaesebi Sayed Akbar Tahmaesebi Sayyed Akbar Tahmaesebi Sayeed Akbar Tahmaesebi Seyed Akbar Tahmaesebi Tamsabahi Ahmad Tahmasbi Seyed Akbar Tabatabaei Syed Tabatabaei Seyed Akbar Tabataba'i Sayyed Ali Tabataba'ie Seyed Tahmasebi Akbar Tahmasebi

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Related Country: 

  • Nigeria

A member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF); designated on April 18, 2012 by the U.N. Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006) for facilitating a breach of the U.N. prohibition on the export of arms and related materiel from Iran; with some exceptions, the designation requires states to freeze financial assets on their territories which are owned or controlled by the person, by his agents, or by entities he owns or controls, and to ensure that any funds, financial assets, or economic resources are prevented from being made available to him; added on March 27, 2012 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing his assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and their supporters; listed by the European Union on December 1, 2011 as an entity linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); with some exceptions, European Union member states must freeze all funds and economic resources owned, held or controlled by the listed person, and prevent funds or economic resources from being made available to him; sanctioned by the governments of Norway and Switzerland, restricting business and financial transactions with the person and/or freezing his assets in those countries. Commander of the Africa operations of IRGC-QF; linked to a 2010 shipment of weapons, intended for The Gambia but seized in Nigeria, that consisted of 240 tons of munitions, including rockets, mortar shells, grenades, and rounds of ammunition; was reportedly sought by Nigerian authorities in connection with the weapons shipment, but claimed diplomatic immunity and took refuge at the Iranian Embassy in Abuja, before returning to Iran; Azim Aghajani was charged in Nigeria with four counts of illegal importation of arms and ammunition in connection with the shipment; according to a U.N. report, the shipment was dispatched by Behineh Trading Company, an IRGC front company; the shipment also involved Ali Abbas Usman Jega and Esmail Ghani. An Iranian national; born in 1967.

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Date Entered: 

May 1, 2012

Date Last Modified: 

May 1, 2012