Skip to comments.Albania freezes assets of fugitive Saudi businessman on U.S. terror list
Posted on 12/15/2004 11:45:09 AM PST by knighthawk
TIRANA, Albania (AP) - The Albanian government said Wednesday it has frozen the assets of a Saudi citizen who is under investigation for alleged money laundering to terror networks.
Authorities have seized 22 apartment units owned by Yasin Al-Qadi, a fugitive Saudi businessman suspected of laundering money for Osama bin Laden's terror network through extensive business dealings in Albania, said Alban Beqa, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance.
Al-Qadi, 47, has been under investigation since January 2002 for money laundering. He had already left the country by that time.
Al-Qadi headed the Saudi-based Muwafaq Foundation, which U.S. investigators suspect took in millions from wealthy Saudis and funneled it to bin Laden. He was among 39 individuals and organizations designated in 2001 by the Bush administration to have their assets frozen.
Al-Qadi had set up eight different companies in Albania since 1992, and was known with five different names. He was one of the main partners in the Twin Towers, a pair of buildings under construction in front of the government's main offices.
Albania approved a U.N. list of terrorist groups in October. The United Nations require all countries to freeze assets and impose arms and travel bans on those on the list, which contains individuals and groups associated with terrorist activities.
In July, the government passed a law which allowed it to seize assets and block funding and obliged people to tell authorities about suspected terrorist financing.
"The government ... is committed in attacking these criminal activities linked with terrorism,'' Finance Minister Arben Malaj said to Gazeta Shqiptare newspaper.
Albania, a small, predominantly Muslim country has been a vocal backer of the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq, where it deployed a small unit of 71 non-combat troops to help with postwar peacekeeping.
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When in doubt, follow the money.
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Greeks should be quiet and learn to cooperate for their own good.
A SUSPECTED MEMBER OF THE AL-QAEDA WAS ARRESTED IN GREECE
Athens, 7 October 2003 (22:18 UTC+2)
A suspected member of the al-Qaeda terrorist network was arrested a few days ago in Greece on slave trade charges, according to the Athens television station Alpha citing statements by Shiite Muslims living in Athens.
According to unconfirmed information, the suspect is a Taliban and is accused of killing 19 people in Pakistan, while he was trained in Afghanistan.
The Greek Police has launched an investigation to determine the suspect's identity. The authorities do not confirm any information before the necessary investigation is completed.
In statements made to Alpha television station, Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas did not confirm that the suspect in the hands of the Greek Police is a member of al-Qaeda, adding that it is a serious case and an investigation is underway.
AQ in Greece?