NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QDi.130 MOHAMED GHASSAN ALI ABU DHESS
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 25 January 2010
Mohamed Ghassan Ali Abu Dhess was listed on 23 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, or in support of”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115).
Mohamed Ghassan Ali Abu Dhess is a leader of the German branch of Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115), a.k.a. Jam’at al-Tawhid Wa’al-Jihad (JTJ), which was originally led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, listed as Ahmad Fadil Nazal al-Khalayleh (deceased). Until 2003, the cell’s activities in Germany consisted mainly of forging passports, collecting donations and facilitating the illegal travel of fighters to Iraq. Although the group operates independently, it does so within guidelines and directives set by operational leaders abroad. Abu Dhess has cultivated a wide variety of contacts throughout Germany who have decision-making roles within the group as regards its criminal activities. Abu Dhess knew of and approved an attack in Germany planned among others, by Aschraf al-Dagma (QDi.132) and Ismail Abdallah Sbaitan Shalabi (QDi.128).
Abu Dhess was convicted in Germany in October 2005 of belonging to a terrorist organization (the German cell of Al-Qaida in Iraq) and of acts preparatory to counterfeiting official identity papers. He was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QDe.004), listed on 6 October 2001
Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115), listed on 18 October 2004
Ismail Abdallah Sbaitan Shalabi (QDi.128), listed on 23 September 2003
Djamel Moustfa (QDi.129), listed on 23 September 2003
Aschraf al-Dagma (QDi.132), listed on 23 September 2003