Member of Brothers’ Circle Gafur Cherny asks US to exclude him from sanctions’ list
Earlier, the US Department of the Treasury considered the ex-head of the sports organization one of the leaders of the transnational organized criminal group.
‘Authoritative’ businessman and former head of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Gafur Rakhimov appealed to a court with a request to admit the fact that he had been put on the sanctions’ list was illegal. According to RIA Novosti, he brought a lawsuit against the the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
In February, 2012, Rakhimov (aka Gafur Cherny) was accused of participation in an international organized criminal group The Brothers’ Circle. Rakhimov found himself on a list with such ‘influential’ ‘thieves in law’ as Zakhary Kalashev (aka Shakro Molodoy), Vasily Khristoforov (aka Vasya Voskres), Kamchibek Kolbaev (aka Kolya Kirgiz), Lasha and Kakhaber Shushanashvili.
The US Department of the Treasury’s report said that Rakhimov was “one of the leaders of organized crime in Uzbekistan, making a specialty of manufacturing of drugs in the Central Asia. Among Russian law enforcers, Rakhimov had been known since the 1990s as a leader of the transnational organized criminal group who had ties to the now-deceased ’thieves in law’ Yaponchik and Ded Khasan. Rakhimov denied his involvement in the mafia’s activity.
2 years ago, the US Department of the Treasury put him on the sanctions’ list, having accused him of assistance to criminal ‘authorities’: he had allegedly dealt with issues related to law enforcement, arranged meetings, and solve other problems. At the present time, Rakhimov’s property that had been within the jurisdiction of the United States has been blocked.
Rakhimov’s lawyers say these actions by the Department of the Treasury violate the rights of the complainant and legislation of the United States of America, as well as cause irrepairable financial and reputation damage.
Earlier, Rakhimov had to leave his position as a head of AIBA, as the sanctions imposed on him bothered the development of the organization. In particular - due to suspicion of his involvement in crime - he was prohibited to visit the youth Olympic games 2018, and participation of his sports organization in Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020 was put on hold.