Al-Qaida & ISIL (Da’esh) Sanctions

Circular to Licensed Corporations and Associated Entities

Anti-Money Laundering / Counter-Financing of Terrorism

Early Alert on United Nations Sanctions

The sanctions committee of the United Nations Security Council (“UNSC”) which administers the sanctions regime for ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida added one entity to and removed one individual from its sanctions list Note 1, 2 on 14 May 2019 (New York time).  Please refer to the relevant press releases issued by the UNSC in Attachment 1.

Licensed corporations (“LCs”) and associated entities (“AEs”) should update their screening databases with the above changes made by the UNSC sanctions committee for sanctions screening of customers and payments.  LCs and AEs are reminded to refer to our circular on United Nations Sanctions issued on 7 February 2018 Note 3 which sets out our expectations on actions that LCs and AEs should take regarding sanctions imposed by the UNSC.

Should you have any queries regarding the contents of this circular, please contact Ms Kiki Wong at 2231 1569 who will assist to refer your queries to the relevant officer.

Intermediaries Supervision Department
Intermediaries Division
Securities and Futures Commission

Enclosure

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SFO/IS/025/2019

Note 1 An updated list specifying “individuals, groups, undertakings and entities”, reflecting the amendments by the sanctions committee of the UNSC, was published under section 25 of the United Nations Sanctions (ISIL and Al-Qaida) Regulation (Cap. 537CB) on the website of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau on 15 May 2019. The list obtained from the website of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau is attached in Attachment 2.
Note 2
 Licensed corporations and associated entities will also be alerted when the updated sanctions list, reflecting the amendments by the sanctions committee of the UNSC, is published under the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Ordinance (Cap. 575) in the Gazette. The website of the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) will also be updated to provide a weblink to the gazette notice thereof for easy reference.
Note 3
 The circular on United Nations Sanctions can be accessed on the SFC’s website (http://www.sfc.hk/edistributionWeb/gateway/EN/circular/aml/aml-regulations/doc?refNo=18EC9)

Links:

HK SFC Circular

UN Press Releases (Attachment 1)

Commerce and Economic Development Bureau List (Attachment 2)

On Wednesday, UK regulators implemented Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/850 by removing the following person:

MOHAMMED, Mazen Salah

DOB: (1) 01/01/1982. (2) 01/01/1980. (3) 18/05/1981. POB: (1) Baghdad (2) Arbil, (1) (2) Iraq a.k.a: (1) ALI HUSSEIN, Mazen (2) MUHAMAD, Issa, Salah Nationality: Iraqi Passport Details: German travel document (Reiseausweis) A 0144378 (revoked as at Sep 2012) Address: Hauzenberg, Germany, 94051.Other Information: UN Ref QI.A.202.05. Member of Ansar Al-Islam. Released from custody in Germany on 18 May 2012 Listed on: 07/12/2005 Last Updated: 06/12/2012 29/05/2019 Group ID: 8784.

from the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida counter terrorism sanctions program.

Link:

OFSI Notice

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/850

On Wednesday, Canadian regulators removed:

QDi.202 Name: 1: MAZEN 2: SALAH 3: MOHAMMED 4: na
Name (original script): مازن صلاح محمد
Title: na Designation: na DOB: 18 May 1981 POB: Arbil, Iraq Good quality a.k.a.: a) Mazen Ali Hussein born 1 Jan. 1982 in Baghdad, Iraq b) Issa Salah Muhamad born 1 Jan. 1980 Low quality a.k.a.: na Nationality: IraqPassport no: German travel document (“Reiseausweis”) A 0144378 (revoked as at Sep. 2012) National identification no: na Address: 94051 Hauzenberg, Germany Listed on: 6 Dec. 2005 (amended on 21 Oct. 2008, 13 Dec. 2011, 15 Nov. 2012, 1 May 2019) Other information: Member of Ansar Al-Islam (QDe.098). Released from custody in Germany on 18 May 2012. Review pursuant to Security Council resolution 1822 (2008) was concluded on 30 Jul. 2009. Review pursuant to Security Council resolution 2253 (2015) was concluded on 21 Feb. 2019. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice web link: www.interpol.int/en/How-we-work/Notices/View-UN-Notices-Individuals

The names of individuals and entities removed from the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al‑Qaida Sanctions List pursuant to a decision by the Committee may be found in the “Press Releases” section on the Committee’s website.  Other information about the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List may also be found on the Committee’s website at the following URL: www.un.org/securitycouncil/sanctions/1267/aq_sanctions_list/procedures-for-delisting.

The ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List is updated regularly on the basis of relevant information provided by Member States and international and regional organizations. An updated List is accessible on the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee’s website at the following URL:  www.un.org/securitycouncil/sanctions/1267/aq_sanctions_list.

The Consolidated United Nations Security Council List is also updated following all changes made to the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List. An updated version of the Consolidated List is accessible via the following URL: www.un.org/securitycouncil/content/un-sc-consolidated-list.

from their counter terror sanctions program, after their delisting by the United Nations ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. Note that the OSFI page says 4 persons were removed, which is in error.

Links:

OSFI Notice

UN Notice

Last Friday, UK regulators implemented Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/791 by amending the following ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida counter terror listing:

ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ AND THE LEVANT – KHORASAN (ISIL-K)

a.k.a: (1) ISIL Khorasan (2) ISIL’s South Asia Branch (3) ISIS Wilayat Khorasan (4) Islamic State’s Khorasan Province (5) South Asian Chapter of ISIL Other Information: UN Ref QDe.161. (Listing to be treated as temporary for 30 days from the date of listing by the UNor until the EU adds the new listing to an existing sanctions regulation (whichever is sooner) in accordance with Policing and Crime Act 2017). [UN Listing (formerly temporary listing, in accordance with Policing and Crime Act 2017)]. Listed on: 15/05/2019 Last Updated: 15/05/2019 17/05/2019 Group ID: 13788.

Under the same regulation, they also removed:

SALEH AL-SAADI, Nessim Ben Mohamed Al-Cherif Ben Mohamed

DOB: (1) 30/11/1974. (2) 20/11/1974. POB: (1) Haidra Al-Qasreen (2)-(3) -, (1) Tunisia (2) Lebanon (3)Algeria a.k.a: (1) GEORGE, Dia, el Haak (2) GEORGE, Diael, Haak (3) GEORGE, El Dia, Haak (4) SAADI, Nassim Nationality: Tunisian Passport Details: M788331 (Tunisian). Issued on 28 Sept 2001. Expired on 27 Sept 2006 Address: (1) Via Cefalonia 11, Milan, Italy (Domicile, last known address).(2) Via Monte Grappa 15, Arluno, Milan, Italy.Other Information: UN Ref QI.S.148.03. Arrested on 9 Oct 2002. In detention in Italy until 27 Apr 2012. Sentenced in absentia to 20 years of imprisonment by the Tunis Military Court on 11 May 2005 for membership of a terrorist organisation. Father’s name is Mohamed Sharif. Mother’s name is Fatima. Also referred to as Abou Anis and Abu Anis. Listed on: 18/11/2003 Last Updated: 17/06/2011 17/05/2019 Group ID: 7871.

from the same program.

Links:

OFSI removal notice

OFSI amendment notice

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/791

On May 16th, Australian regulators added:

QDe.161 Name: ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ AND THE LEVANT – KHORASAN

(ISIL- K)

A.k.a.: a) ISIL KHORASAN b) ISLAMIC STATE’S KHORASAN PROVINCE c) ISIS

WILAYAT KHORASAN d) ISIL’S SOUTH ASIA BRANCH e) SOUTH ASIAN

CHAPTER OF ISIL F.k.a.: na Address: na Listed on: 14 May 2019 Other

information: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan (ISIL – K) was formed on

January 10, 2015 by a former Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (QDe.132) commander

and was established by former Taliban faction commanders who swore an oath of

allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq

(QDe.115)). ISIL – K has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in both

Afghanistan and Pakistan. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice web link:

https://www.interpol.int/en/notice/search/une/xxxx

to their counter terrorism sanctions program after its addition by the United Nations ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.

They also removed:

QDi.148 Name: 1: NESSIM 2: BEN MOHAMED 3: AL-CHERIF BEN MOHAMED 4:

SALEH AL-SAADI

Title: na Designation: na DOB: 30 Nov. 1974 POB: Haidra Al-Qasreen, Tunisia Good

quality a.k.a.: a) Nassim Saadi b) Dia el Haak George born 20 Nov. 1974 in

Lebanon c) Diael Haak George born 30 Nov. 1974 in Lebanon d) El Dia Haak George

born 30 Nov. 1974 in Algeria Low quality a.k.a.: a) Abou Anis b) Abu

Anis Nationality: Tunisia Passport no: Tunisia number M788331, issued on 28 Sep.

2001 (expired 27 Sep. 2006) National identification no: na Address: a) Via Monte

Grappa 15, Arluno (Milan), Italy b) Via Cefalonia 11, Milan, Italy (Domicile, last known

address) Listed on: 12 Nov. 2003 ( amended on 20 Dec. 2005, 31 Jul. 2006, 21 Dec.

2007, 3 Jun. 2009, 16 May 2011 ) Other information: Arrested on 9 Oct. 2002. In

detention in Italy until 27 Apr. 2012. Sentenced in absentia to 20 years of imprisonment

by the Tunis Military Court on 11 May 2005 for membership of a terrorist organization.

Father’s name is Mohamed Sharif. Mother’s name is Fatima. Review pursuant to Security Council resolution 1822 (2008) was concluded on 21 Jun. 2010. INTERPOL-UN

Security Council Special Notice web link:

https://www.interpol.int/en/notice/search/un/1419840 click here

from the same program

Link:

UN Notice 1, UN Notice 2

On May 16, Swiss officials added:

SSID: 10-40590 Foreign identifier: QDe.161 Name: Islamic State In Iraq And The Levant – Khorasan (ISIL-K)

Good quality a.k.a.: a) ISIL Khorasan b) Islamic State’s Khorasan Province c) ISIS Wilayat Khorasan d) ISIL’s South Asia Branch e) South Asian chapter of ISIL

Other information: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan (ISIL – K) was formed on January 10, 2015 by a former Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (QDe.132) commander and was established by former Taliban faction commanders who swore an oath of allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115)). ISIL – K has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice web available. Modifications: Listed on 14 May 2019

to their Al-Qaida/bin Laden/Taliban counter terrorism sanctions program, but removed the following:

SSID: 10-16717 Foreign identifier: QI.S.148.03. Name: Nessim Ben Mohamed Al-Cherif Ben Mohamed Saleh Al-Saadi

DOB: 30 Nov 1974 POB: Haidra Al-Qasreen, Tunisia Good quality a.k.a.: Nassim Saadi Low quality a.k.a.: a) Abou Anis b) Abu Anis Address: a) Via Monte Grappa 15, Arluno, Milan, Italy b) Via Cefalonia 11, Mailand, Italy (Domicile, last known address) Nationality: Tunisia Identification document: Passport No. M788331, Tunisia, Date of issue: 28 Sep 2001, Expiry date: 27 Sep 2006

Other identity: Dia el Haak George DOB: 20 Nov 1974 POB: Lebanon Other identity: Diael Haak George DOB: 30 Nov 1974 POB: Lebanon

Other identity: El Dia Haak George

DOB: 30 Nov 1974 POB: Algeria

Other information: Arrested on 9 Oct 2002. In detention in Italy until 27 Apr 2012. Sentenced in absentia to 20 years of imprisonment by the Tunis Military Court on 11 May 2005 for membership of a terrorist organization. Father’s name is Mohamed Sharif. Mother’s name is Fatima. Review pursuant to Security Council resolution 1822 (2008) was concluded on 21 Jun 2010. Modifications: De-listed on 14 May 2019

Links:

Data files of updates – PDF, XML

On May 15th, under the authority of the United Nations and European Union Financial Sanctions (Linking) Regulations, UK regulators added:

ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ AND THE LEVANT – KHORASAN (ISIL-K)

a.k.a: (1) ISIL Khorasan (2) ISIL’s South Asia Branch (3) ISIS Wilayat Khorasan (4) Islamic State’s Khorasan Province (5) South Asian Chapter of ISIL Other Information: UN Ref QDe.161. (Listing to be treated as temporary for 30 days from the date of listing by the UN or until the EU adds the new listing to an existing sanctions regulation (whichever is sooner) in accordance with Policing and Crime Act 2017). Listed on: 15/05/2019 Last Updated: 15/05/2019 Group ID: 13788.

to their ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida counter terrorism sanctions program.

Link:

OFSI Notice