NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.D.26.01. MAMOUN DARKAZANLI
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 10 January 2011
Mamoun Darkazanli 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” or "otherwise supporting acts or activities of" Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01).
Mamoun Darkazanli, an Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01) operative who resided in Hamburg, Germany from 1995 until 2001, served as a financial conduit to Al-Qaida members and was linked to Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Said Bahaji and Ziad Jarrah, members of the Al-Qaida cell that perpetrated the terrorist attacks in the United States of America on 11 September 2001. Darkazanli was connected to Mohammed Zammar, another Al-Qaida operative in Hamburg who recruited Atta, Al-Shehhi and Jarrah and encouraged their participation in the 11 September 2001 attacks.
Mamoun Darkazanli was the owner and chief executive officer of Mamoun Darkazanli Import-Export Company, which was founded in 1993 in Hamburg, Germany. The company specialized in the sale of electrical appliances such as televisions and radios. Al-Qaida used Darkazanli and his company to facilitate its terrorist activities by camouflaging the movement of money, purchasing sensitive technical equipment and facilitating the establishment of other front companies.
Both Darkazanli and his company were connected with Wadih el-Hage, the former personal secretary of Usama bin Laden (QI.B.8.01), who ran a number of his companies, was complicit in Al-Qaida efforts to obtain chemical weapons and other conspiracies, and was sentenced in the United States to life imprisonment for his role in the planning and execution of the bombings of the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998. In particular, El-Hage’s Anhar Trading Company appeared to be co-located with Darkazanli’s company in Hamburg, Germany, sharing the same telephone and fax numbers. During a 1993 business trip to Cyprus to purchase a ship for Bin Laden, El-Hage used the business address of Darkazanli as his own.
Mamoun Darkazanli also managed the bank accounts of Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, a founding member of Al-Qaida’s majlis al shura along with Usama bin Laden and Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QI.A.6.01). Salim is serving a 32-year sentence in the United States for attacking government officials and is also indicted on charges of participating in the 1998 bombings of the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Salim has been complicit in several Al-Qaida conspiracies since 1992, including efforts to obtain chemical and nuclear weapons and their components. Between 1995 and 1998 Salim made frequent trips to Germany to obtain electronic equipment for Al-Qaida and Mamoun Darkazanli and Mamoun Darkazanli Import-Export Company provided him with cover, business collaboration and communications, and acted as his host, translator, and business partner in Germany. For instance, in 1995, Mamoun Darkazanli held a joint business account with Mamdouh Salim at Deutsche Bank, over which, when Salim was away from Germany, Mamoun Darkazanli had the power of attorney.
Darkazanli was arrested in Germany in October 2004 for extradition to Spain on charges of providing logistical and financial support to al-Qaida in Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom. The extradition has not been executed and he was later released but remains wanted for arrest in Spain.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QI.A.6.01), listed on 25 January 2001
Usama Muhammed Awad bin Laden (QI.B.8.01), listed on 25 January 2001