OFAC Iran CAATSA Designations


On May 20, OFAC named interior minister, law enforcement officials.


  • OFAC designated Iran’s interior minister and senior law enforcement officials, pursuant to the countering America's adversaries through sanctions act (CAATSA).
  • The individuals were designated due to serious human rights abuses against Iranians.
  • Also named Bonyad Taavon NAJA, which is translated as LEF Cooperative Foundation.
  • Individuals Named
  • Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Iranian regime’s Interior Minister and chair of Iran’s National Domestic Security Council (NDSC), overseeing internal security issues, including LEF.
  • Also, appointed by supreme leader as deputy or replace commander-in chief of police.
  • Human rights abuses include orders authorizing the LEF to use lethal force in response to the Nov. 2019 protests, resulting in violence against peaceful protestor/bystanders.
  • His orders led to the killing of many protestors, including at least 23 minors.
  • Hossein Ashtari Fard, commander of the LEF since March 2015; and Ayoub Soleimani, who is deputy commander of the LEF, a position he was appointed to in 2018.
  • Mohsen Fathi Zadeh, Yahya Mahmoodzadeh, Hamidreza Ashraq, and Mohammad Ali Noorinajad, all are LEF senior officials; Hassan Shahvarpour Najafabadi, IRGC general.
  • Habil Darvish is the Managing Director of the LEF Cooperative Foundation (LEFCF).
  • LEF Cooperative
  • Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) control LEFCF, which is an economic collaborative active in Iran’s energy, construction, services, technology, and banking industries.

Regulators OFAC
Entity Types B/D; Bank; Corp; Depo; Ins; MSB
Reference PR, 5/22/2020; List, PR, 5/20/2020; EO 13553; CAATSA
Functions AML; Anti-Bribery; Compliance; Financial; Legal; Operations
Countries Iran, Republic of; United States of America; Cross-Border
Products Banking; Clearing; Commodities; Deposits; Loan; Payments; Wealth Mgt
Regions Am
Rule Type Guidance
Rule Date 5/20/2020
Effective Date 5/20/2020
Rule Id 78069
Linked to
Reg. Last Update 5/22/2020
Report Section AML & Enforcement

Last substantive update on 05/21/2020