U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 4 International Criminal Groups Including Japan’s Yakuza

The Obama administration announced harsh new sanctions against four far-flung criminal organizations on Monday, part of what it said was a coordinated strategy to fight international underworld factions that could harm United States interests or security.

The sanctions, outlined in an executive order signed Sunday by President Obama, are aimed at the Zetas, a Mexican drug ring linked to multiple killings; the Yakuza, Japan’s widespread mob army; the Camorra, a crime network based in southern Italy; and the Brothers’ Circle, an Eastern European criminal group operating worldwide.

The order freezes the groups’ assets, blocks them from holding interest in American property, authorizes financial sanctions against anyone aiding them and bars their members from entering the United States.

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