NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.A.166.04. YOUCEF ABBES
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 23 July 2009
Youcef Abbes was listed on 17 March 2004 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 16 of resolution 1526 (2004), 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 Armed Islamic Group (QE.A.6.01) and the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QE.T.14.01).
Youcef Abbes was a member of an organization operating in Italy, in particular in Naples, Rome, Milan, Pavia and their provinces, involved in Al-Qaida-related (QE.A.4.01) criminal activities and led by Djamel Lounici (QI.L.155.04). The organization, linked to similar groups operating in other European countries (France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Albania), was part of the support network of several terrorist groups operating in Algeria, including the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) (QE.A.6.01) and the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC), listed as the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QE.T.14.01). This structure was used to provide the listed organizations with the material and financial means to conduct terrorist activities in Algeria and abroad.
Youcef Abbes was accused by Italian authorities of providing these groups with weapons to carry out their terrorist plans in Algeria and abroad; helping illegal immigrants, who directly took part in the terrorist organization’s illegal activities, to enter Italy and using them to transmit instructions to terrorist groups operating in other European countries (France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Albania), and forging documents.
Furthermore, he played a logistical role in the organization with his brother Moustafa Abbes (QI.A.163.04) and under the supervision of Abdelhadi ben Debka (QI.B.162.04). His role involved the procurement of technical-logistical materials for the above-mentioned terrorist groups, including arms. The terrorist organization had supplied him with financial resources and a car to fulfill specific tasks.
On 22 March 2002, Youcef Abbes was sentenced by the Tribunal of Naples to three years and six months of imprisonment for belonging to an armed criminal association with terrorist aims. The sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court of Italy on 19 May 2005.
Related listed individuals and entities:
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
Djamel Lounici (QI.L.155.04), listed on 16 January 2004
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