EU slaps more sanctions on Kadhafi's Libya: official

10th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The European Union on Wednesday slapped new sanctions on the regime of Moamer Kadhafi, targeting two "economic entities" linked to human rights abuse, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

An asset freeze and visa ban were extended to "two further entities closely linked to the perpetrators of the serious human rights abuses in Libya, given the gravity of the situation," Ashton said in a statement.

She gave no further details but a French foreign ministry spokeswoman said the previous day that the restrictions would target Al-Sharara, which operates in the oil sector, and an administrative organisation linked to Kadhafi.

The new targets will be listed in Thursday's EU Official Journal.

To date, six port authorities, 49 entities and 39 people are now subject to a freeze of their funds and financial resources in the EU, Ashton said.

In addition, the same 39 persons, which include Kadhafi and several family members, are banned from entering the EU.

© 2011 AFP

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