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Airbnb Fined for Alleged Violation of US Blockade of Cuba



Havana, Jan 4 (ACN) The online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc settled the payment of a fine imposed by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for having guests in Cuba, an alleged violation of US sanctions against Cuba.

According to OFAC the home-rental company accepted payments by US citizens who traveled to Cuba out of the 12 travel categories authorized by the White House.

The US Treasury issued a communique on Monday announcing that Airbnb settled an accord to pay 91 thousand dollars for its potential civil responsibility in the alleged violation.

Ben Rhodes, former National Security Advisor under the Barack Obama administration (2009-2017) described the OFAC decision as “stupid, counterproductive and Trumpian to deny Americans the ability to directly facilitate income to Cubans and establish connections between our people.”

Airbnb launched its services in Cub in 2015, but US restrictions adopted under the Donald Trump administration still limit that online company’s businesses.

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