NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QDi.109 ZULKIFLI ABDUL HIR
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 21 May 2009
Zulkifli Abdul Hir was listed on 9 September 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 of, or in support of” and "supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to" the Abu Sayyaf Group (QDe.001) and Jemaah Islamiyah (QDe.092).
Zulkifli Abdul Hir, who trained as an engineer in the United States, belonged to the central command of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) (QDe.092). He fled Malaysia for the Philippines in August 2003 where he conducted bomb-making training courses for the Abu Sayyaf Group (QDe.001).
Following the arrest of another Malaysian national who was in charge of JI's training in the southern Philippines, Abdul Hir became one of the top JI trainers.
Abdul Hir was implicated in a string of bombings across central Mindanao, the Philippines, in 2006. Working with a possible renegade member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) (not listed), Abdul Hir launched attacks to destabilize the peace process between the MILF and the government of the Philippines and as revenge for government offensives against the Abu Sayyaf Group, which had given sanctuary to two JI leaders, Joko Pitono (deceased), also known as Dulmatin, and Umar Patek (QDi.294).
Between 2003 and July 2007, Abdul Hir was in contact with his brother, who was living abroad, to seek his participation in and support for terrorist acts in the Philippines. Abdul Hir instructed his brother to send him money so that he could purchase firearms, radios and ammunition. Some of these items were intended for use by MILF against the Philippines government. Wire transfers were made to bank accounts in fictitious names at false addresses so as to make tracking more difficult. Abdul Hir also asked for radios with a two-mile range of the kind that has been used to detonate improvised explosive devices. He also sought to acquire firearms.
Abdul Hir is wanted by the authorities of the United States for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and for providing material support to terrorists. On 1 August 2007, he was indicted by a court in the United States for these offences.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Abu Sayyaf Group (QDe.001), listed on 6 October 2001
Jemaah Islamiyah (QDe.092), listed on 25 October 2002
Nurjaman Riduan Isamuddin (QDi.087), listed on 28 January 2003
Khadafi Abubakar Janjalani (QDi.180), listed on 22 December 2004
Abu Rusdan (QDi.186), listed on 16 May 2005
Zulkarnaen (QDi.187), listed on 16 May 2005
Abu Bakar Ba'asyir (QDi.217), listed on 21 April 2006
Umar Patek (QDi.294), listed on 19 July 2011