On October 4, 2018, the US Department of the Treasury sanctioned Muhammad ‘Abdallah al-Amin for “providing material support to Hizballah insider and financier Adham Husayn Tabaja.” The designation marked the highest number of Hizballah-related designations by the US government in a single year.
According to the designation statement, al-Amin “conceals funds for Tabaja, and Tabaja has held a significant amount of funds in al-Amin’s name at a Lebanese bank.”
“Al-Amin has also served as a liaison between Tabaja and banking officials and has assisted Tabaja in circumventing the impact of sanctions,” the US Treasury added.
The US also sanctioned Lebanon-based Sierra Gas S.A.L. Offshore, Lama Foods S.A.R.L., Lama Foods International Offshore S.A.L., Impulse S.A.R.L., Impulse International S.A.L. Offshore, M. Marine S.A.L. Offshore, and Thaingui S.A.L. Offshore for being majority owned by al-Amin.
The designation statement noted that “these companies should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of companies owned or controlled by al-Amin.” Lebanese corporate records show that al-Amin’s other corporate holdings include AM Group S.A.R.L, Aya SAL Off Shore, M A M SAL Off Shore, Hoops, M M M S.A.R.L., and Maya Alamin the Difference is in the Details S.A.R.L.