U.S. sanctions 5 senior Libyan government officials

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Posted: Apr 08, 2011 11:39 AM
U.S. sanctions 5 senior Libyan government officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday increased pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and extended financial sanctions to five senior Libyan government officials and two entities controlled by Gaddafi's children.

The U.S. Treasury Department said it added Libya's prime minister, oil minister, finance minister, Gaddafi's chief of staff and the country's internal security director to its sanctions blacklist.

The sanctions prohibit U.S. transactions with them and seek to freeze any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

(Reporting by Rachelle Younglai; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio)