NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.L.155.04. DJAMEL LOUNICI
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 26.08.2009
Djamel Lounici was listed on 16 January 2004 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” and “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), the Armed Islamic Group (QE.A.6.01) and the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QE.T.14.01).
Djamel Lounici joined the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) (QE.A.6.01) in 1992. He then went to Morocco, where he organized bases for arms trafficking. He then organized lines of arms supply to Algeria.
Djamel Lounici was identified by police authorities in Algeria as an intermediary between Algerian terrorist groups and Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01). In 1992 Djamel Lounici was sentenced to death in absentia in Algeria for his role in a terrorist attack on the Algiers Houari Boumediène International Airport.
Djamel Lounici is subject to international arrest warrants No. 15/93/T of 6 March 1993, No. 20/94/T of 25 July 1994, and No. 7/95/T and No. 44/94/T of 3 April 1994, for establishing and belonging to an armed terrorist group, the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QE.T.14.01), willful murder, possession of firearms, assistance to terrorism and attacks on the security of the State.
Djamel Lounici, as the logistics coordinator of GIA, was arrested in Venice, Italy, in April 2004 and convicted for providing logistical and material support (arms and false documentation) to GSPC, listed as the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, in 2002. The court determined that he was involved in several cases of arms trafficking for terrorist groups in Algeria where operations were financed by income from the trafficking and by Al-Qaida’s transnational networks. He was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment in Italy.
In 2005, the Paris Correctional Court confirmed a 1997 conviction against Lounici for conspiring to set up a terrorist network (in particular for an attack in Marrakesh on 24 August 1994 which left two persons dead), and imposed a penalty of five years in prison and a ten-year ban from entering French territory.
An investigation of Djamel Lounici led to the exposure of a terrorist support network in northern Italy and to the arrest of several individuals in Milan on 2 October 2006.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Armed Islamic Group (QE.A.6.01), listed on 6 October 2001
The Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QE.T.14.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Abd al Wahab Abd al Hafiz (QI.A.157.04), listed on 17 March 2004
Abderrahmane Kifane (QI.K.158.04), listed on 17 March 2004
Fethi ben Hassen ben Salem al-Haddad (QI.A.160.04), listed on 17 March 2004
Farid Aider (QI.A.161.04), listed on 17 March 2004
Abdelhadi ben Debka (QI.B.162.04), listed on 17 March 2004
Moustafa Abbes (QI.A.163.04), listed on 17 March 2004
Othman Deramchi (QI.D.164.04), listed on 17 March 2004
Yacine Ahmed Nacer (QI.N.165.04), listed on 17 March 2004
Youcef Abbes (QI.A.166.04), listed on 17 March 2004