Trainer Satish Seemar’s license suspended for alleged involvement in human rights violations – Horse Racing News
The Emirates Racing Authority has suspended the license of six-time champion Satish Seemar coach for alleged involvement in human rights violations, reports racingpost.com. The action was taken after Seemar was named a “prominent member” of the network of Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, in the US Department of the Treasury. List of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Kadyrov, leader of the Kadyrovtsy, is implicated in the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a politician in opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as in the kidnapping, torture and murder of members of the LGBTI population in the Chechen Republic. The Kadyrovtsi are also accused of illegal kidnappings, torture, extrajudicial killings and other abuses, including the detention of journalists and activists.
The OFAC list states: “Seemar, a horse trainer for Kadyrov, materially aided, sponsored or provided financial material, or technological support, or goods and services to or in support of Kadyrov. “
Seemar is listed as the trainer of the North American Thoroughbred winner of Kadyrov’s Group 1, but told the Race station that he no longer trains the horse.
“The horse in question, North America, is no longer in training at Zabeel Racing Stables and has been exported from the United Arab Emirates,” said Seemar. racingpost.com. “My case has been referred to lawyers in Washington DC and I have no doubts that my name will be taken off the list in the near future.”
Read more on racingpost.com.
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