NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.M.89.03. ABDELGHANI MZOUDI
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 23 February 2010
Abdelghani Mzoudi was listed on 10 June 2003 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of resolution 1390 (2002) 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 (QI.A.4.01).
Abdelghani Mzoudi had close connections to the “Hamburg cell”, that aimed to commit terrorist acts against Western countries, in particular against the United States of America from its German base. Members of the group included Mohamed el Amir Awad Elsayed Atta (not listed), Marwan Yousef Mohamed Rashed Alshehhi (not listed) and Ziad Samir Jarrah (not listed), who took part in the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, and Said Bahaji (QI.B.80.02), Ramzi Mohamed Abdullah Binalshibh (QI.B.81.02), Mounir el Motassadeq (QI.E.82.02) and Zakarya Essabar (QI.E.83.02).
By the beginning of November 1999, a structured group existed under the leadership of Atta whose members were willing to plan and execute attacks. After spending time in Al-Qaida (QI.A.4.01) camps in Afghanistan, where they sought military training, they intended to commit major attacks involving explosives.
Between mid-November and the beginning of December 1999, Atta, Alshehhi, Binalshibh and Jarrah traveled to an Al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan; Essabar followed in January 2000. Plans already existed by the beginning of 1999 to commit attacks in the United States using airplanes as weapons. Atta, Alshehhi, Jarrah and Binalshibh were recruited by Usama bin Laden (QI.B.8.01) and other Al-Qaida leaders to take part as pilots. They returned to Germany at the beginning of 2000 and began to prepare for the 11 September 2001 attacks.
Mzoudi was a close friend of El Motassadeq and a regular participant in meetings between Atta, Alshehhi, Jarrah, Binalshibh, Bahaji and Essabar during 1999, and he endorsed their objectives characterised by willingness to use violence. In September 1999, he moved with Essabar into the flat at Marienstraße 54, Hamburg, Germany, where Atta, Alshehhi and Bahaji had previously lived. Following the return of Atta, Alshsehhi, Jarrah and Binalshibh from Afghanistan, Mzoudi travelled to Afghanistan himself at the beginning of May 2000, coordinating his trip with El Motassadeq, where he participated in military training in a camp near Kandahar. He returned to Germany at the end of July 2000.
With Bahaji and El Motassadeq, Mzoudi concealed the absence of the other members of the group from Hamburg while they were in Afghanistan. In addition, Mzoudi took care of the financial affairs of Essabar while the latter was in Afghanistan. During his own stay in Afghanistan, he ensured that Essabar’s financial commitments in Hamburg would be met by third persons. Mzoudi played a decisive role in concealing the circumstances of Binalshibh and Alshehhi following their return to Hamburg from Afghanistan. He obtained a room for them in a Hamburg student hall where they stayed unnoticed until their planned departure for the United States in April and May 2000, and where they were able to continue their preparations for the attack. With the aim of covering up the absence of Atta and Alshehhi in the event of any enquiries, in early 2000 he permitted them to use his residential address in Germany. Atta and Alshehhi gave this address when jointly renting an apartment in New York, the United States, and upon registering for pilot training at a flight school in the United States.
Mzoudi subsequently participated in the organization’s plan to have Essabar travel to the United States by providing his bank debit card and the corresponding PIN in mid-December 2000 to finance the trip. In late December 2000/early January 2001, Essabar credited Mzoudi’s bank account with a total of DM 1,580. The group's plan to have Essabar undergo pilot training in the United States was, however, unsuccessful as his two visa applications were denied by the United States authorities.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Usama Muhammed Awad bin Laden (QI.B.8.01), listed on 25 January 2001
Said Bahaji (QI.B.80.02), listed on 30 September 2002
Ramzi Mohamed Abdullah Binalshibh (QI.B.81.02), listed on 30 September 2002
Mounir el Motassadeq (QI.E.82.02), listed on 30 September 2002
Zakarya Essabar (QI.E.83.02), listed on 30 September 2002