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Cablegate: Sudan: Alleged Sanctions Violation

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PP RUEHDE
DE RUEHKH #1570/01 2820634
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 090634Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8752
INFO RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO 0278
RUEHRH/AMEMBASSY RIYADH 0021
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 0021
RUEHJI/AMCONSUL JEDDAH 0018

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 KHARTOUM 001570

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR AF/SPG AND EEB/ESC/ESP
DEPARTMENT PASS TREASURY FOR OFAC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ETRD PREL SU
SUBJECT: SUDAN: ALLEGED SANCTIONS VIOLATION


1. (SBU) Embassy has received an apparently bogus email
(text in para. 6), purporting to be from the Legal Department
of the Bank of Sudan, originally addressed to Diebold, Inc.,
charging that ATM machines manufactured by Diebold in the
United States have been shipped to Sudanese commercial banks
in violation of the U.S. embargo and requesting that Diebold
halt such deliveries. The email was transmitted from a UK
email address and contains numerous typographical and
grammatical errors. Bank of Sudan denies having transmitted
the message. Post is forwarding this information to
Washington agencies because attachments suggest that Diebold
ATMs have, in fact, been re-exported to commercial banks in
Sudan, along with information on the re-exporting firms, and
in case Diebold brings the message to Washington's attention.


2. (SBU) The message alleges that ATMs exported to Egypt and
Saudi Arabia have then been trans-shipped to Sudan via the
Dubai Free Zone or Jeddah. The message states that re-export
to Sudan was done from Egypt by a firm called Raya
Integration and from Saudi Arabia by one called Al Hamrani.
The message asserts that &a big number8 of additional
Diebold ATMs intended for Sudanese banks currently are under
production.

3. (SBU) Attached to the message are several photographs,
showing packing labels which include the following additional
information on re-exporting firms:

Raya Integration
25 Mossadek St.
(no city) Egypt

Motherlines Shipping LLC.
P.O. Box 44806 Dubai, UAE
tel 04 2868791

4. (U) Email and attachments have been forwarded to the
Department: AF/SPG and EEB/ESC/ESP.

5. (SBU) Although the message is addressed to Diebold and
requests that Diebold take action to stop these activities,
Post has no evidence that the alleged re-exports have been
going on with the firm's knowledge.

6. (SBU) Begin text:

Dear Sirs,

As required by CFR #31 Part 538 (Office of Foreign Assets
Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury) We are notifying
you of a serious violation of many of those regulations by
Diebold. It has come our attention in Sudan that your
product (Automated Teller Machine) fabricated by your company
in Ohio are being sold and distributed in Sudan by a third
company through Saudi Arabia (Al Hamrani) and Egypt (Raya
Internation (sic)). As for our information, those products
are supplied from a third country Egypt and Saudi Arabia to
Dubai Free zone or to Jeddah, then documents and exchanges
and sent to by air to Sudan. We have enough information and
supported documents proving that those machines are supplied
to several banks (Sudanese French bank, Al Baraka Bank,
Faisal Bank, Farmer Bank) and recent information shows that a
big number of machines will be supplied for some other local
banks and are under production.

We ask you to stop immediately your action in this country.
Furthermore we will forward to the local U.S. embassy full
details and information by post and by email about the
persons and companies involved in this illegal action in
addition to Diebold, Post office Box 3077, Dep. 9-8-16, North
Canton OH 442720(sic)-8077 which will affect the image of
the company specially that spare parts and support are not
available ( therefore they might put it on a black list with
the direct Manager in charge on Distributor Diebold in
Africa, Europe, Middle East and Africa called Piet Cooreman.
We do hope to take this email and it is contain as top
priority and to investigate with concerned people and stop
immediately this illegal action.

M. Ousman Mahgoub
Bank of Sudan
Legal Department

End text.


KHARTOUM 00001570 002 OF 002


7. (SBU) Comment: With the Sudanese businessmen we have
talked to, sanctions are among the first topic they raise.
We will watch to see if this poison-pen email is a trend as
Sanctions continue to affect Sudan's economy.
FERNANDEZ

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