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UN removes suspected al-Qaeda financer from blacklist ^ | October 6, 2012 | Not Listed

Posted on 10/22/2012 7:37:55 AM PDT by bayouranger

Saudi businessman Yasin al-Qadi de-listed by sanctions monitoring committee, following recommendation by ombudsman

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against al-Qaeda removed a Saudi businessman from its blacklist Friday.

The committee chairman, Germany’s UN Ambassador Peter Wittig, said that Yasin al-Qadi had been de-listed, following a recommendation by the blacklist’s ombudsman to remove him.

Al-Qadi filed a lawsuit in 2009 in Washington, DC to be removed from a US list of people accused of financing al-Qaeda.

Al-Qadi’s charitable Muwafaq foundation was identified by the US Treasury department as an al-Qaeda front and placed on a terror list in October 2001. Al-Qadi, 57, has denied the accusations and has said that the foundation was closed even before the hijackings.

The US, European Union, Switzerland and Turkey all took action against al-Qadi. Over the past several years, a team of lawyers has worked successfully to overturn the decisions against al-Qadi in Turkey and Europe.

In 2009, the Security Council established an independent ombudsman to deal with requests to get off the UN blacklist.

Last year, the council strengthened the role of the ombudsman, presently Canadian lawyer Kimberly Prost. If the ombudsman recommends delisting, the person or entity will be taken off the sanctions list in 60 days unless the sanctions committee agrees by consensus to maintain sanctions.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: filthykoranimals; filthysaudis; islamicjihad; lawfare; yasinalqadi

No clear reasons are provided for this de-listing—just a statement that the removal was based on the recommendation of an independent ombudsman.

The ombudsman’s recommendation is especially jarring because, just three years ago, the U.N. defended its listing of Yasin al-Qadi for the following reasons:

“Al-Qadi’s acknowledgement of his role as founding trustee and director of the actions of the Muwafaq Foundation, a foundation which historically operated under the umbrella of the Makhtab al-Khidamat, an organization which was the predecessor of Al-Qaida and which was founded by Usama bin Ladin. “Al-Qadi’s decision in 1992 to hire Shafiq ben Mohamed ben Mohamed al-Ayadi as head the European offices of the Muwafaq Foundation. “The 1995 testimony of Talad Fuad Kassem, who said that the Muwafaq Foundation had provided logistical and financial support for a fighters’ battalion in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that the Muwafaq Foundation was involved in providing financial support for terrorist activities of the fighters, as well as arms trafficking from Albania to Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Al-Qadi’s role as a major shareholder in the now closed Sarajevo-based Depositna Banka, where planning sessions for an attack against a United States facility in Saudi Arabia may have taken place. “Al-Qadi’s ownership of several firms in Albania which funneled money to extremists or employed extremists in positions where they controlled the firm’s funds. “Evidence that Bin Laden provided the working capital for up to five of al-Qadi’s companies in Albania.

“Based on these reasons, the U.N. Security Council resolved to continue listing Yasin al-Qadi as a suspected supporter of al-Qaeda terrorists…”

But no more. Yasin’s expensive lobbying effort to convince authorities to white-list him seems to have paid off. One supposes he is now free to travel around, do business with Europeans and Americans, and raise funds for whatever “charitable” foundation he decides to establish next.

1 posted on 10/22/2012 7:38:03 AM PDT by bayouranger
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The Obama campaign needs the foreign contributions.

2 posted on 10/22/2012 7:40:31 AM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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Let's toss another hump on this filthy story: Yasin Al-Qadi EWI EXCLUSIVE [LINK] External Link by J. Millard Burr | 17-Oct-12 In March 2007 co-authors J. Millard Burr (the author of this article) and Robert O. Collins were informed by Cambridge University Press (CUP) that it was being sued for libel in a London court by Mahfouz. The "Sheikh," sometime resident of the U.K. where he could enjoy his homosexual proclivities denied for which he would be severely punished in Saudi Arabia, had taken offense to what the authors had written in Alms for Jihad, a book published by CUP in 2006. Burr and Collins were not personally charged and refused to take part in the settlement when CUP caved in. Cambridge not only refused to fight the action, in addition to the small financial fine, it complied with the judge’s orders to destroy all copies of the book in the UK. It even urged libraries all over the world that had purchased the book earlier to do the same. (Endnote: American libraries do not follow orders well. See articles.) Aided by the British legal system, Mahfouz managed to silence all his critics and intimidate the Western media. All but one. FOR THE RECORD Rachel Ehrenfeld, Ph.D., the ACD/EWI director and author of Funding Evil which examines sponsorship of terror, and as explained in its subtitle, "How Terrorism is Financed And How To Stop It." She was sued for libel by Mahfouz and his two sons (trustees of Muwafaq) who claimed that copies of the books published in the U.S. had been purchased in the United Kingdom. Ehrenfeld's fight ( ) against Mahfouz’s attempt to silence her, led to new laws, first in 2008 in New York State (aka "Rachel’s Law"). Mahfouz died in 2009. He did not live to see that seven more U.S. states passed similar laws and the 2010 federal SPEECH Act that protects all American authors and publishers from the enforcement of foreign libel judgments in the U.S. that are at odds with the First Amendment to the Constitution.
3 posted on 10/22/2012 7:41:36 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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They could have just hired Elana Kagan & all of this would have been conveniently dismissed. Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud: Heir to Saudi throne sued by Lloyd’s for financial support of Al Qaeda, other Jihadists Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, now the next in line to take over the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was one of several defendants sued last year for his alleged support of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Salman is identified as an “individual patron” of al-Qaeda and as the leader of the Saudi High Commission for Relief to Bosnia and Herzegovina (SHC). A U.N. sponsored investigation further determined that Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, the head of the SHC, transferred in excess of $120 million from his personal accounts and SHC accounts under his control to the Third World Relief Agency (‘TWRA’), between July of 1992 and July of 1995. According to the 9/11 Commission, the TWRA was an al Qaeda front and the primary pipeline for illegal arms shipments to al Qaeda fighters in the Balkans. Prince Salman also serves as the chairman of the Popular Committees for Support of the Palestinian Jihadis, a Saudi government entity that supports terrorism by donating money to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.
4 posted on 10/22/2012 7:50:36 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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Saudi Sheikh Defends Charity Support for Jihadist Terror There was already ample evidence that Saudi Arabia is not our ally in the war formerly known as the “war on terrorism.” Now we have even more evidence. A Saudi Sheikh named Saleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Hussein has written a report defending Saudi charities that fund terrorism. Lest you think that this guy is some obscure, nutty Sheikh with no following, check out his credentials: “formerly the chief of the presidency of Saudi Arabia’s two holy mosques and a member of the Senior Ulema Council.” Read all about it as Money Jihad…
5 posted on 10/22/2012 7:52:37 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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When its not all drag-queened out it looks like this: Saudi Sheikh named Saleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Hussein
6 posted on 10/22/2012 7:55:52 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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