Date: February 13th, 2017
SAMARK LOPEZ RESPONDS TO OFAC LISTING
CARACAS, VENEZUELA, February 13th, 2017 The United States Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, has placed the sitting vice president of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, as well as prominent Venezuelan businessman Samark Lopez on its sanctions list. The listing is made pursuant to the authority that targets foreign narcotics traffickers. The allegations relate to Mr. El Aissami’s purported role in drug trafficking. Mr. Lopez is a businessman who has known Tareck El Aissami for a number of years. Mr. Lopez is not a government official and has not engaged in drug trafficking.
The listing is unjustified in targeting a legitimate businessman, like Samark Lopez, who has played a key role in helping to support the future of Venezuela. The listing provides no factual evidence or legal justification as to why Samark Lopez should be placed on the list, other than that Samark Lopez and Tareck El Aissami are personal acquaintances. The listing appears to be politically motivated. Samark Lopez has tried to further the growth and development of Venezuela and is caught up in the political issues related to Venezuela.
Samark Lopez will seek all legal, administrative, and judicial remedies possible.
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