Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (TAFA) Updates

On Friday, UK regulators renewed the Final Designation under the Terrorism Asset-Freezing etc Act 2010 (TAFA):

KHALED, Mohammed Fawaz

Date of Renewal of Final Designation 23/04/2019

a.k.a: (1) ABBAS, Adam, Del, Toro (2) ALHARETH, Abo (3) FAWAZ, Khaled (4) HAMAWI, Abu (5) HAMWI, Abu (6) HARES, Abu (7) HARETH, Abu (8) KHALED, Abu (9) NAEEM, Mohammed, Fawaz.

DOB: (1) 06/06/1969. (2) 06/06/1967. POB: Hama, Syria. Nationality: Syrian. Passport Details: 2255278 (Syria). Address: Turkey.

Other Information: Address: Formerly London, United Kingdom, W12. UK listing only. KHALED is assessed to have left the UK and travelled to Syria to engage in Islamist extremist activities on behalf of ISIL. It is assessed that he is now in Turkey.

Listed on: 09/05/2013

Last Updated: 23/04/2019 Group ID: 12872.

for another year.

Link:

OFSI Notice

The UK publishes a quarterly report about its counter-terrorism sanctions program – and the one for Q4 of 2018 (calendar) is out. Here are the highlights:

  • At the end of the quarter, 9,000 GBP was frozen under TAFA, 18,000 under EU Reg 2580/2001, and 70,000 under the ISIL/Al-Qaida regime (EU Reg 881/2002). These represent 6 TAFA accounts or payments, 3 for EC 2580/2001 and 36 for ISIL-AQ. One item was frozen during the quarter under ISIL-AQ.
  • There were 3 new ISIL-AQ designations during the quarter and one new one under EU Reg 2016/1686 .
  • There were 5 TAFA renewals during the quarter
  • Under the ISIL-AQ regime, 8 licenses were issued during the quarter. And there are still 4 active General Licenses.

Link:

TAFA October-December 2018 Report

On Monday, UK regulators renewed the Final Designations made under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (TAFA) for:

1. IZZ-AL-DIN, Hasan

DOB: –/–/1963. POB: Lebanon a.k.a: (1) GARBAYA, Ahmed (2) SALWWAN, Samir Nationality: Lebanon citizenship Address: Lebanon. Other Information: Izz-Al-Din is an alleged member of Lebanese Hizballah. He has been indicted in the US for his role in the hijacking of a commercial airliner in June 1985. Both UK listing and EU listing. Also referred to as Sa-id. Listed on: 12/10/2001 Last Updated: 18/02/2019 Group ID: 7146.

2. AL-NASSER, Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed

POB: Al Ihsa, Saudi Arabia Nationality: Saudi Arabia citizenship Other Information: Al- Nasser is an alleged member of Saudi Hizballah. He has been indicted in the US for the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers military housing complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Both UK listing and EU listing. Listed on: 12/10/2001 Last Updated: 18/02/2019 Group ID: 7008.

3. AL-YACOUB, Ibrahim Salih Mohammed

DOB: 16/10/1966. POB: Tarut, Saudi Arabia Nationality: Saudi Arabia citizenship Other Information: Al-Yacoub is an alleged member of Saudi Hizballah. He has been indicted in the US for the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers military housing complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Both UK listing and EU listing. Listed on: 12/10/2001 Last Updated: 18/02/2019 Group ID: 7015.

Link:

OFSI Notice

On Tuesday, UK regulators renewed the Final Designations of:

1. ABU MARZOUK, Musa

a.k.a: (1) ABU MARZOOK, Mousa, Mohammed (2) ABU-MARZUQ, Musa (3) ABU- MARZUQ, Sa’id (4) ABU-‘UMAR (5) MARZOOK, Mousa, Mohamed, Abou (6) MARZUK, Musa, Abu. DOB: 09/02/1951. POB: Gaza, Egypt Passport Details: 92/664 (Egypt) Other Information: UK listing only. Male. Senior HAMAS official. Based in Cairo, Egypt. Listed on: 24/03/2004 Last Updated: 04/02/2019 Group ID: 7888.

2. HAMDAN, Usama

DOB: –/–/1964. Other Information: UK listing only. Male. Senior HAMAS official. Based in Haret Hreik, Lebanon. Listed on: 24/03/2004 Last Updated: 04/02/2019 Group ID: 7886.

3. MISHAAL, Khalid

DOB: –/–/1956. POB: Silwad, Ramallah, West Bank (Palestinian Authority) Other Information: UK listing only. Male. Senior HAMAS official. Based in Doha, Qatar. Listed on: 24/03/2004 Last Updated: 04/02/2019 Group ID: 7887.

for an additional year under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (TAFA).

Additionally, the following Final Designation:

1. KHALIL AL-ALAMI, Imad

DOB: –/–/1956. POB: Gaza Other Information: UK listing only. Male. Senior HAMAS official. Listed on: 24/03/2004 Last Updated: 04/02/2019 Group ID: 7885.

was revoked. That’s the first one Mr. Watchlist has seen since he started following HM Treasury sanctions.

Link:

OFSI Notice

Annex 1

Written Ministerial Statement

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Operation of the UK’s Counter-Terrorist Asset Freezing Regime: 1 July to 30 September 2018

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (John Glen): Under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (TAFA 2010), the Treasury is required to prepare a quarterly report regarding its exercise of the powers conferred on it by Part 1 of TAFA 2010. This written statement satisfies that requirement for the period 1 July to 30 September 2018.

This report also covers the UK’s implementation of the UN’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida asset freezing regime (ISIL-AQ), and the operation of the EU’s asset freezing regime under EU Regulation (EC) 2580/2001 concerning external terrorist threats to the EU (also referred to as the CP 931 regime).

Under the UN’s ISIL-AQ asset freezing regime, the UN has responsibility for designations and the Treasury, through the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), has responsibility for licensing and compliance with the regime in the UK under the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011.

Under EU Regulation 2580/2001, the EU has responsibility for designations and OFSI has responsibility for licensing and compliance with the regime in the UK under Part 1 of TAFA 2010.

A new EU asset freezing regime under EU Regulation (2016/1686) was implemented on 22 September 2016. This permits the EU to make autonomous Al-Qaida and ISIL (Da’esh) listings.

The following tables set out the key asset-freezing activity in the UK during the quarter.

The recently passed Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act will help ensure that UK counterterrorist sanctions powers remain a useful tool for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to consider utilising, while also meeting the UK’s international obligations.

Under the Act, a designation could be made where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the person or group is or has been involved in a defined terrorist activity and that designation is appropriate. This approach is in line with the UK’s current approach under UN and EU sanctions and would be balanced by procedural protections such as the ability of designated persons to challenge the Government in court.

Sorry, but the tables on page 2 of the report don’t cut and paste real well…

Frozen funds: the ISIL-AQ regime had thre most frozen accounts (35) and funds (70,000 GBP), with the TAFA regime being a distant second (6 accounts for 9,000 GBP).

New designations: 4 for ISIL-AQ, 1 under EU Regulation 2016/1686

And there were 5 TAFA renewals in the quarter.

Additionally:

Licensing

One interim basic needs licence was issued under the CT regimes during this quarter. Four General licences remained current during this quarter.3

Link:

Quarterly Report for July-October 2018

Today, British regulators renewed, in 2 separate notices, the Final Designations of: EUZKADI TA ASKATASUNA

a.k.a: (1) Basque Fatherland and Liberty (2) ETA Other Information: UK listing only.

Listed on: 02/11/2001

Last Updated: 17/01/2019

Date of Renewal of Final Designation 17/01/2019

Group ID: 7083.

and:

HIZBALLAH MILITARY WING

Date of Renewal of Final Designation 17/01/2019

a.k.a: (1) Hezballah Military Wing (2) Hezbollah Military Wing (3) Hisbollah Military Wing (4) Hizb Allah Military Wing (5) Hizbollah Military Wing (6) Hizbu’llah Military Wing (7) Hizbullah Military Wing

Other Information: Both UK listing and EU listing. This listing includes the Jihad Council and all units reporting to it, including the External Security Organisation.

Listed on: 02/11/2001 Last Updated: 17/01/2019 Group ID: 7177.

under its Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc Act 2010 (TAFA) authorities for the maximum period of one year.

Links:

ETA Renewal Notice

Hizballah Military Wing Renewal Notice

Yesterday, OFSI renewed the Final Designation of:

KHALID SHEIKH MOHAMMED

a.k.a: (1) ALI, Salem (2) BIN KHALID, Fahd, Bin Adballah (3) HENIN, Ashraf, Refaat, Nabith (4) MOHAMMED, Khalid, Shaikh (5) WADOOD, Khalid, Adbul Nationality: Kuwaiti citizenship Passport Details: 488555 DOB: (1) 01/03/1964. (2) 14/04/1965. POB: (1) Kuwait (2) Pakistan Other Information: Both UK listing and EU listing. In US custody (as at December 2018). Listed on: 12/10/2001 Last Updated: 17/12/2018 Group ID: 6994.

under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc Act 2010 (TAFA) for an additional year.

Link:

OFSI Notice