The United States has imposed sanctions on Cuban Interior Minister Julio Cesar Gandarilla Bermejo for being allegedly responsible for human rights violations in Venezuela, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Saturday.
Under Julio César Gandarilla Bermejo, Cuba’s Interior Ministry has engaged in gross violations of #HumanRights in Venezuela, arbitrarily arrested thousands of Cuban citizens, and unlawfully detained 100+ political prisoners. Today we hold him accountable. https://t.co/CJKBmo6WgE— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 16, 2019
Gandarilla's two children were also included in the sanctions list.
"The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members. In addition to the public designation of Julio Cesar Gandarilla Bermejo, the Department is also publicly designating his children, Julio Cesar Gandarilla Sarmiento and Alejandro Gandarilla Sarmiento", the official statement said.
Earlier on Friday, the US expanded sanctions to five hotels owned by the Cuban military as part of the ongoing economic blockade against the country.