Ayan has used ASB Group-associated company Baslam Nakliyat Ye Dis Ticaret Ltd Sti to facilitate Iranian oil deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars and to obscure the IRGC-QF’s involvement by listing Baslam Nakliyat as the seller. Moreover, Baslam Nakliyat’s bank accounts have been used to transfer money in multiple currencies on behalf of the IRGC-QF. Baslam Nakliyat was also involved in supply-chain agreements and contracts with U.S.-designated, Russia-based RPP LLC and its representative, Mihrab Suhrab Hamidi, to purchase goods, including petroleum products. RPP LLC and Hamidi were designated as part of OFAC’s May 25, 2022 action.
In late 2021, Behnam Shahriyari worked closely with Oztas to facilitate an oil deal and oversaw the remittance of over one million euros from UAE-based CGN Trade FZE to Ayan’s Baslam Nakliyat in furtherance of a money laundering scheme to generate revenue for the IRGC-QF.
Turkish businessman Sitky Ayan has been involved in Iranian oil trade deals on behalf of Qods Force. Ayan uses business infrastructure under his control, such as companies and accounts at Turkish banks, to complete the deals. By doing this, he camouflages and conceals complex Qods Force activity;
Ayan serves as the director and chairman of the board of the ASB Group of Companies Limited (ASB Group), a Gibraltar-registered holding company for several businesses owned or controlled by Ayan. ASB Group officials have transferred the equivalent of millions of dollars in different currencies for the IRGC-QF. As of 2017, ASB Group agreed to sell crude oil from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). NIOC was designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, on October 26, 2020, for its support to the IRGC-QF through the provision of Iranian oil for international commercial sales.
Baslam Nakliyat Ve Dis Ticaret Ltd Sti is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for being owned, controlled, or directed by, directly or indirectly, Sitki Ayan.
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Baslam Nakliyat Ye Dis Ticaret Ltd Sti
Baslam Nakliyat Ve Dis Ticaret Limited Sirketi
Deniz Bank Ust Sitesi, 29 Yol Sokak, Resitpasa, Istinye, Sariyer, Istanbul 34467, Turkey
Istinye MH, Bostan Sk. N. 12 Sariyer, Istanbul, Turkey
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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 December 8, 2022 pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, for being owned, controlled, or directed by, directly or indirectly, Sitki Ayan;