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November 30, 2008 

Individual Designated by OFAC as Mugabe "Cronie" to Challenge Designation

Last week, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it was adding to the List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN List) four "Mugabe regime cronies and a number of entities owned or controlled by two of them."

One of the individuals designated was John Bredenkamp, the former captain of Rhodesia's rugby and the founder of the Breco Group of companies. Also added to the SDN list were a number of companies owned or controlled by Bredenkamp.

According to OFAC, "Bredenkamp has financially propped up the regime and provided other support to a number of its high-ranking officials . . . [and] also has financed and provided logistical support to a number of Zimbabwean parastatal entities."

The Financial Times recently reported that "lawyers for John Bredenkamp said they would seek to challenge a US Treasury decision to place the Zimbabwean tycoon on a list of "cronies" of President Robert Mugabe's regime subject to sanctions." The article states that Bredenkamp was "'astonished' by the decision, which 'ignored the fact that he was imprisoned by the Zimbabwe government for alleged passport violations in 2006.'"

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What you did not write was that Bredenkamp spent some 6 weeks as a prisoner of the Smith Regime in Chikurubi Prison in 1977, while the Rhodesian rebel authorities tried to squeeze names and dates of his collaborators in a price fixing scheme involving tobacco exports and weapons and munitions imports. He was released, as were his co-conspirators - two multi-capped Rhodesian rugby players.

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