Al-Qaida

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 Wednesday, UK regulators implemented Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/431 by amending this listing – again:

BIN LADEN, Hamza Usama Muhammad

DOB: 09/05/1989. POB: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Other Information: UN Ref QDi.421. Son of Usama bin Laden (deceased). Announced by Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri(QDi.006) as an official member of Al-Qaida (QDe.004). Has called for followers of Al-Qaida to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri. UN Listing (formerly temporary listing, in accordance with Policing and Crime Act 2017). Listed on: 01/03/2019 Last Updated: 06/03/2019 20/03/2019 Group ID: 13770.

This is at least the 2nd amendment to this listing in the last month…

Links:

OFSI Notice

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/431

On Thursday, Canadian regulators amended the following counter terrorism listing:

QDi.421 Name: 1: HAMZA 2: USAMA 3: MUHAMMAD 4: BIN LADEN
Name (original script): حمزة أسامة محمد بن لادن 
Title: na Designation: na DOB: 9 May 1989 POB: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Good quality a.k.a.: na Low quality a.k.a.: na Nationality: naSaudi Arabia Passport no: na National identification no: na Address: na Listed on: 28 Feb. 2019 (amended on 13 Mar. 2019) Other information: Son of Usama bin Laden (deceased). Announced by Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QDi.006) as an official member of Al-Qaida (QDe.004). Has called for followers of Al-Qaida to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice web link: https://www.interpol.int/en/notice/search/un/6297888.

after the changes were made by the United Nations ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.

Links:

OSFI Notice

UN Notice

On Thursday, Swiss authorities updated the following individual listing:

SSID: 10-40163 Foreign identifier: QDi.421 Name: Hamza Usama Muhammad Bin Laden DOB: 9 May 1989 POB: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Nationality: Saudi Arabia

Relation: Announced as an official member of Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01., SSID 10-17297) Other information: Son of Usama bin Laden (deceased). Announced by Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QDi.006) as an official member of Al-Qaida (QDe.004). Has called for followers of Al-Qaida to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice available. Modifications: Listed on 28 Feb 2019, amended on 13 Mar 2019

made under the Al-Qaida/bin Laden/Taliban counter terrorism sanctions program.

Links:

FINMA Notice

Data files of updates – PDF, XML

Earlier today, Australian regulators added:

QDi.421 Name: 1: HAMZA 2: USAMA 3: MUHAMMAD 4: BIN LADEN

حمزة أسامة محمد بن لادن :)Name (original script

Title: na Designation: na DOB: 9 May 1989 POB: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Good quality a.k.a.: na Low quality a.k.a.: na Nationality: Saudi Arabia Passport no: na National identification no: na Address: na Listed on: 28 Feb. 2019 Other information: Son of Usama bin Laden (deceased). Announced by Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QDi.006) as an official member of Al-Qaida (QDe.004). Has called for followers of Al- Qaida to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice web link: https://www.interpol.int/en/notice/search/un/xxxx

to their counter terrorism sanctions, following his addition by the United Nations ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.

Link:

UN Notice

On Wednesday, UK regulators implemented Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/353 by amending the following ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida individual listing:

BIN LADEN, Hamza Usama Muhammad

DOB: 09/05/1989. Other Information: UN Ref QDi.421. Son of Usama bin Laden (deceased). Announced by Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri(QDi.006) as an official member of Al-Qaida (QDe.004). Has called for followers of Al-Qaida to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri. (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). UN Listing (formerly temporary listing, in accordance with Policing and Crime Act 2017). Listed on: 01/03/2019 Last Updated: 01/03/2019 06/03/2019 Group ID: 13770.

Links:

OFSI Notice

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/353

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 individual to its sanctions list Note 1,2 on 28 February 2019 (New York time).  Please refer to the relevant press release issued by the UNSC in Attachment 1.

Licensed corporations (“LCs”) and associated entities (“AEs”) should update their screening databases with the above change 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 on 2231 1569.

Intermediaries Supervision Department
Intermediaries Division
Securities and Futures Commission

Enclosure

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SFO/IS/006/2019

Note 1 An updated list specifying “individuals, groups, undertakings and entities”, reflecting the amendment 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 1 March 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 amendment 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 Notice

HK SFC Circular

Attachments: UN Web Notices (Attachment 1), Commerce and Economic Development Bureau list (Attachment 2)