U.S Company WATG Fined for Violating the Blockade of Cuba

The U.S design company WATG Holdings Inc. was fined 140,400 dollars for violating the unilateral sanctions regime imposed by the U.S government on Cuba

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2016-01-30 | 17:05:46 EST
U.S Company WATG Fined for Violating the Blockade of Cuba 

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The U.S. government fined an U.S company for alleged violations of the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States has been kept against Cuba, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MINREX) reported in Cuba.

The U.S. WATG Holdings Inc. company was penalized for $140, 400 USD last January 20, the day before of the announcement of new regulations by the Departments of Treasury and Commerce on Cuba, for violating the regime of unilateral sanctions against Cuba.

According to a report by the Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury Department, the Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo company, WATG’s  subsidiary in the United Kingdom, worked for a Qatari company on the design and architecture of a hotel project in Cuba, for which this company received three payments.

OFAC ensures that those expenditures were madee between October 2009 and May 2010, for an amount of  $356,714 USD.

This is the first fine imposed by U.S authorities in 2016, and it reaffirms the continuity of the application of the blockade with its marked extraterritorial nature, despite the new bilateral context, MINREX noted.

The information published in the website of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, highlighted that "the continuity of the mechanisms for the economic and commercial pursuit by the U.S. government against Cuba is contradictory in the framework of the new projection started on December 17, 2014."

On that date, the Presidents of Cuba and the United States Raul Castro and Barack Obama announced the decision of restoring diplomatic relations, and beginning a process towards the normalization of bilateral ties.

Since then, the U.S. government has fined six U.S and foreign entities an accumulated value of $2.8 billion, the report highlighted .

So far, Obama administration (2009-2016) has a total of 47 fines for violating regulations against Cuba and other countries, and which accumulated a value amounting to $14.3 billion USD.

Cuba and the United States reestablished diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015, when their respective interests sections became embassies.

The Cuban authorities have reiterated that for the complete normalization of those ties, Washington has to lift the economic blockade, return back the territory illegally occupied by the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, stop illegal broadcast to Cuba, and suspend actions which try to subvert the internal order in Cuba.

Translated by ESTI

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