The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has temporarily denied the export privileges of Yaudat Mustafa Talyi of Slidell, Louisiana, and two companies he owns, International Business Services Ltd. and Top Oil Tools Ltd., also of Slidell. The action by Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Michael J. Garcia was based on an investigation which disclosed that, for over nine years, Talyi repeatedly attempted to export oil field parts and equipment to Libya and Sudan. The evidence shows that Talyi sought to effect these exports by misleading U.S. suppliers about the ultimate destinations and end-users of items he ordered.
The BIS investigation also concluded that on at least three occasions, Talyi had actually exported or participated in the export of oil field parts and equipment, to Libya or Sudan without obtaining the necessary authorizations from BIS or the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.The Export Administration Regulations authorize BIS to impose a Temporary Denial Order when necessary to prevent an imminent violation of those regulations.
"BIS's denial order is an extraordinary protective measure that is warranted in this case based upon Mr. Talyi's flagrant contempt for U.S. controls on exports to Libya and Sudan," said Assistant Secretary Garcia.
"It is particularly encouraging that this investigation identified many law-abiding sellers of oil field equipment who knew that trade with Libya and Sudan was restricted, who refused to participate in illegal transactions, and who informed Talyi of their concerns. This denial order is necessary because Talyi chose to ignore those warnings and has demonstrated that it is likely he will do so in the future," he said.
The United States Government maintains a comprehensive economic sanctions program against the Governments of both Libya and Sudan. Virtually all commercial transactions involving U.S.-origin goods or U.S. persons with these two countries are prohibited unless they are specifically authorized. The Secretary of State has designated both Libya and Sudan as countries whose governments have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.
The investigation that documented Talyi's activities was jointly conducted by investigators from BIS's Office of Export Enforcement field office in Dallas and the U.S. Customs Service working with prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans.
The Temporary Denial Order will be published in the Federal Register on October 4 and will remain in effect for 180 days, at which time it will expire unless BIS applies for its renewal.
BIS administers and enforces export controls established for reasons of national security, foreign policy, non-proliferation, short supply, and anti-terrorism.
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