NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QE.A.111.04. AL-HARAMAIN: ALBANIA BRANCH
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 30 October 2009
Al-Haramain Foundation: Albania Branch was listed on 6 July 2004 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 16 of resolution 1526 (2004) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of” Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01).
Al-Haramain: Albania Branch provided financial, material and/or logistical and technological support to the network of Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) and Usama bin Laden (deceased).
Al-Haramain Foundation in Albania was a branch of the Saudi Arabia-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation which presented itself as a private, charitable and educational non-governmental organization. When viewed as a single entity, Al-Haramain was one of the principal NGOs active throughout the world providing support for the Al-Qaida network. Funding generally came from individual benefactors and special campaigns which targeted selected business entities around the world.
The founder and former leader of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Aqeel Abdulaziz Aqeel al-Aqeel (QI.A.171.04), and the Al-Haramain branches in Bosnia and Herzegovina (QE.A.71.02), Somalia (QE.A.72.02), Indonesia (QE.A.103.04), Kenya (QE.A.105.04), Tanzania (QE.A.106.04), Pakistan (QE.A.104.04), Afghanistan (QE.A.110.04), Albania, Bangladesh (QE.A.112.04), Ethiopia (QE.A.113.04), the Netherlands (QE.A.114.04), the Union of the Comoros (QE.A.116.04) and the United States of America (QE.A.117.04) have provided financial, material and/or technological support to the Al-Qaida network, including Jemaah Islamiyah (QE.J.92.02), Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya / AIAI (QE.A.2.01), the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (QE.A.3.01) and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (QE.L.118.05). These terrorist organizations received funding from Al-Haramain and used Al-Haramain as a front for fundraising and operational activities.
Usama Bin Laden may have financed the establishment of the Al-Haramain office in Albania, which was used as cover for terrorist activity in Albania and in Europe. In late 2000, a close associate of a Usama bin Laden operative moved to Albania and was running an unnamed Al-Haramain subsidiary. In 1988, the head of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Albania was also a financial official for Al-Haramain. This individual was extradited in 1998 from Albania to Egypt where, during his trial, he voiced his support for Usama bin Laden and Al-Qaida’s August 1998 terrorist attacks against the United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya / AIAI (QE.A.2.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Egyptian Islamic Jihad (QE.A.3.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation (QE.A.71.02.), listed on 13 March 2002
Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation (Somalia) (QE.A.72.02), listed on 13 March 2002
Jemaah Islamiyah (QE.J.92.02), listed on 25 October 2002
Al-Haramain Foundation (Indonesia), (QE.A.103.04), listed on 26 January 2004
Al-Haramain Foundation (Pakistan) (QE.A.104.04), listed on 26 January 2004
Al-Haramayn Foundation (Kenya) (QE.A.105.04), listed on 26 January 2004
Al-Haramayn Foundation (Tanzania) (QE.A.106.04), listed on 26 January 2004
Al-Haramain: Afghanistan Branch (QE.A.110.04), listed on 6 July 2004
Al-Haramain: Bangladesh Branch (QE.A.112.04), listed on 6 July 2004
Al-Haramain: Ethiopia Branch (QE.A.113.04), listed on 6 July 2004
Al-Haramain: The Netherlands Branch (QE.A.114.04), listed on 6 July 2004
Al-Haramain Foundation (Union of the Comoros) (QE.A.116.04), listed on 28 September 2004
Al-Haramain Foundation (United States of America) (QE.A.117.04), listed on 28 September 2004
Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (QE.L.118.05), listed on 2 May 2005
Aqeel Abdulaziz Aqeel al-Aqeel (QI.A.171.04), listed on 6 July 2004