• U.S. sanctions individuals, entity of crime syndicates

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    WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on 11 key figures and one entity working for four transnational criminal organizations — the Camorra, the Yakuza, the Brothers’ Circle and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).

    The sanctions freeze all the assets of those targeted and bar American citizens from doing business with them.

    The individuals blacklisted by the Department of Treasury include seven from the Camorra, one of Europe’s largest criminal organizations; two from the Yakuza, a Japanese criminal network; one from the Brothers’ Circle, a large multi-ethnic Eurasian criminal network; and one from MS-13, a criminal street gang that operates internationally.

    The entity targeted is the Kudo-kai, which the Treasury described as “a violent syndicate” within the Yakuza.

    The four groups are frequent targets of sanctions by Washington, as they have been listed by the Obama administration as significant transnational criminal organizations.

    “Those sanctioned today support some of the most violent and destructive criminal organizations in the world,” David Cohen, under secretary of Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.

    “From trafficking in illegal drugs, weapons and human beings, to laundering the proceeds of their illegal acts, these organizations endanger innocent lives and compromise legitimate businesses,” he added. PNA

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