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A diamond miner works in a mine in Mbuji Mayi, Congo A diamond miner works in a mine in Mbuji Mayi, Congo, July 31, 2006 (AP photo by Schalk van Zuydam).

The U.S. vs. Dan Gertler

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

In 2017, the United States launched its Global Magnitsky Sanctions program, meant to target human rights abusers and kleptocrats around the world. The very first list of sanctioned entities included one Dan Gertler, an Israeli billionaire who had been accused by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, in consultation with the secretary of state and attorney general, of amassing his fortune through a series of “opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals” in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Over the next six months, around 30 of Gertler’s companies were further sanctioned, as the Treasury Department forbade him from working with U.S. institutions and froze his American assets. That should have been the end of the story. ...

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