Canada has expanded its sanctions against Iran as international pressures to engage the Islamic Republic on its nuclear program remain futile, Foreign Minister John Baird said Tuesday.
Baird said an additional 98 entities supporting Iran’s nuclear program have been added to the list of designated persons highlighted in the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Act (SEMA).
Baird made the statement in a media conference call last Tuesday. There are now 50 individuals and 433 entities Canada lists as designated persons that will be subject to an assets freeze and a prohibition on economic dealings.
Both the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Basij paramilitary organization have been added to the list.
“The amended regulations further isolate Iran from the global financial system,” Baird said.
Also added to the new amendments are regulations easing financial transactions made by ordinary Iranians, their family members, and recent immigrants to Canada.
“In order to relieve some of the pressure on ordinary Iranians, recent Iranian immigrants to Canada, and family members of persons in Iran, the Iran Regulations were also amended to allow all financial banking transactions of $40,000 and under between family members in Canada and family members in Iran,” the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website stated.
Financial transactions with persons in Iran were prohibited after Canada’s amendments to SEMA on November 21, 2011 changed prohibited persons from a designated list to any person in Iran.
document has been presented to the family to confirm”.
Mr. Malekpour allegedly developed a program that was used without his knowledge for the creation of porn websites, a human rights group said.
The suspension of the death sentence was announced on Eid al-Fitr, the day at the end of Ramadan where Muslims commit to charity and peacemaking and where Iranian authorities sometimes pardon prisoners as a result.
“After the sentence was confirmed my client repented for his actions. With this repentance, the death sentence has been suspended,” Mr. Malekpour’s lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei announced on Iran’s Mehr news agency.
Iran’s Revolutionary Court has yet to officially announce the suspension, according to Reuters. Similar death sentence suspensions, like the one given to Iranian-Canadian Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, have been reversed in the past.