Mehboob Thachankandy Palikandy (Palikandy) was the manager and chief executive of CGN Trade and is also an employee of Transmart. Palikandy was involved in the liquidation of CGN Trade and its transfer of business operations to Transmart. He is also the owner and sole shareholder of MSE Overseas, Singapore-based Sealink Overseas PTE. Ltd., and UAE-based Solise Energy (FZE).
Transmart owner and CEO Zabi Vahap (Vahap) controls Transmart operations, having served a similar role with CGN Trade.
As a result of U.S. sanctions, CGN Trade transferred its business operations to a closely affiliated company, UAE-based Transmart DMCC (Transmart), which also works to support illicit financial networks on behalf of the IRGC-QF. Transmart has laundered tens of millions of dollars as part of the network’s financial activity, including through the Iranian Embassy in Moscow.
The IRGC-QF relies on similarly complex networks of foreign-based front companies and brokers to enable illicit financing. In May and December 2022, respectively, OFAC took action against a vast illicit oil sales network overseen by Turkish businessman Sitki Ayan (Ayan), which worked closely with senior IRGC-QF officials such as Behnam Shahriyari to generate revenue for the IRGC-QF. UAE-based CGN Trade FZE (CGN Trade), a critical part of this network’s operations, was designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for its support to one of Ayan’s companies, Baslam Nakliyat Ve Dis Ticaret Ltd Sti (Baslam). CGN Trade worked with Baslam to load at least 10 oil tankers with Iranian oil on behalf of the IRGC-QF.
Transmart DMCC is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support, for, or goods or services to or in support of, CGN Trade.
Missile Weapon Program
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Organization Established Date:
25 Apr 1966
United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
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» Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on November 29, 2023 pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, or directed, directly or indirectly, Transmart DMCC;