Terror organization: Hezbollah;
Status: This network facilitated the payment, shipment, and delivery of cash, diamonds, precious gems, art, and luxury goods for the benefit of Hizballah financier and Specially Designated Global Terrorist Nazem Said Ahmad, who was designated on December 13, 2019, for providing material support to Hizballah;
Roll: Nazem Said Ahmad’s wife, Rima Baker, served as a proxy for Nazem Said Ahmad for both the purchase as well as the consignment of works of art in his collection;
Known also as: Rima Yaacoub Baker; AHMAD, Rima Kamel Nazem; BAKER, Rima Kamel Yaacoub (Arabic: ريما كامل يعقوب باقر); BAQER, Rima Kamel;
Address: Eden Gardens Building, 5th Floor, Fawzi Street, Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 25 Feb 1970; POB Beirut, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon;
POB: Antwerp, Belgium
Passport: LR0503197 (Lebanon) expires 01 Aug 2022; EM719287 (Belgium) expires 02 Mar 2022; E1277888 (Belgium);
Nazem Said Ahmad’s wife, Rima Baker, served as a proxy for Nazem Said Ahmad for both the purchase as well as the consignment of works of art in his collection. Additionally, the network used her name to circumvent UK anti-money laundering procedures covering art market transactions related to a purchase of a work of art from a London-based gallery in the interest of Nazem Said Ahmad.
Rima Baker is the majority shareholder of Beirut-based Park Ventures SAL and a Beirut-based real estate company Debbiye 383 SAL. Park Ventures SAL handled the shipping and logistics of importing millions of dollars of art from U.S. and foreign art galleries into Beirut, and circumvented U.S. sanctions through a proxy ownership structure that purposefully registered shares of the company in the names of Rima Baker and Hind Ahmad.
Rami Baker is 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, Nazem Said Ahmad.