Security Council updates list of AlQaida operatives subject to sanctions

A United Nations Security Council committee has added the name of an Al-Qaida operative to its list of those subject to international sanctions for their involvement with the terrorist group. Safet Durguti was named by the panel, which deals with measures against both Al-Qaida and the Taliban. The 36-year old was born in Orahovac, Kosovo, but his nationality is presently unknown. In another action, the committee also added information to entries on two groups associated with Al-Qaida. It noted that the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina is also known as Vazir or Vezir. In addition, it provided an address for the Bosnia-based group: 64 Poturmahala, Travnik.Concerning the Ba Taqwa For Commerce And Real Estate Company Limited, the panel noted that it also goes by Hochburg AG.The UN sanctions require States to freeze financial resources, including funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group. Countries are also obliged to freeze funds and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization, and to prevent their entry or transit through the State’s territory. In addition, nations must prevent the supply, sale and transfer of all arms and materiel – along with any form of military training – to the named individuals and entities. The sanctions were originally adopted, and later tightened, in response to the indictment of Usama bin Laden for the 1998 terrorist bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam. The list is updated regularly on the basis of relevant information provided by Member States and regional organizations.

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