NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.A.20.01. MOHAMMAD HAMDI MOHAMMAD SADIQ AL-AHDAL
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 10 January 2011
Mohammad Hamdi Mohammad Sadiq al-Ahdal was listed on 17 October 2001 pursuant to paragraph 8 (c) of resolution 1333 (2000) 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”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Usama bin Laden and Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01).
Mohammad Hamdi Mohammad Sadiq al-Ahdal has been an active and effective leader in the Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) organization. He played a role in the attacks on the USS Cole in 2000 and on the French oil tanker Limburg in 2002 as well as in other incidents of sabotage in Yemen, and planned yet others. Al-Ahdal faced trial in Yemen for the murder of 19 Yemeni military and security personnel and the injury of 29 others, in addition to the destruction of property, during the period 2000 to 2003.
Yemeni authorities, in an indictment against Al-Ahdal and Ghalib al-Zaydi, alleged that Al-Ahdal was the second most important Al-Qaida figure in Yemen after Abu 'Ali Qa'id Sinan al-Harithi, and had received 44,000 United States Dollars and 1,061,500 Saudi Riyal from Kamal Abu Hijazi, Al-Qaida's former financial officer in Yemen. In addition, Abu 'Ali al-Harithi transferred to Al-Ahdal 50,000 Saudi Riyal received from Usama bin Laden (deceased), in order to acquire weapons and explosive materials to perpetrate terrorist attacks in Yemen. Al-Ahdal admitted to receiving large sums of money from “external agents.” The indictment also charged Al-Ahdal with collecting funds for Al-Qaida terrorist activity in Yemen, amongst others, under the disguise of donations to the Caucasus Charitable Society that he headed. Al-Ahdal was arrested in Yemen in 2003 and imprisoned for three years.
Al-Ahdal was earlier arrested and imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for a year and two months and subsequently deported to Yemen.
Al-Ahdal participated in fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Chechnya, the Russian Federation, and traveled to Afghanistan several times in 1999 and 2000.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001