NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.A.212.06. ABD AL-RAHMAN AL-FAQIH
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 13.08.2009
Abd al-Rahman al-Faqih was listed on 7 February 2006 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of resolution 1617 (2005) 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” the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (QE.L.11.01).
Abd al-Rahman al-Faqih is a senior member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) (QE.L.11.01).
Al-Faqih has had significant involvement in facilitation services such as the provision of false documents and fundraising to LIFG operatives. Some of the funds raised were destined for terrorism-related purposes and some for humanitarian purposes. He continues to be involved in LIFG activity and is well placed to assist those planning terrorist attacks both in the UK and overseas.
In a UK criminal trial against Al-Faqih, as part of an agreed basis of pleas, the prosecution accepted Al-Faqih’s submission that he was a former member of LIFG and that he left the organization of his own accord in early 2005. However, he is assessed to remain a member of LIFG.
Al-Faqih has been affiliated with LIFG’s Shura council, suggesting his involvement in the decision-making process of LIFG.
During a police search of his home in October 2005, an application form for a training camp was found. Al-Faqih admitted that the form is handed out to those who attend the training camp upon arrival.
Al-Faqih has not disassociated himself from LIFG and has failed to give assurances that he would not re-engage in LIFG activity.
Al-Faqih was tried and found guilty in absentia by the criminal court of appeal of Rabat, Morocco, for his involvement in the series of suicide bombings in Casablanca, Morocco, on 16 May 2003 that killed at least 41 people and caused no less than 100 injuries. It was suspected that the Moroccan Islamic Combat Group a.k.a. Groupe Islamique Combattant Marocain (GICM) (QE.M.89.02) was linked to the attack.
Al-Faqih has a history of GICM-related activity. He represented LIFG at meetings with GICM in the late 1990s. During these meetings, LIFG agreed to host weapons training and indoctrination into violent action at LIFG camps in Afghanistan for Moroccans.
He is also assessed to have had connections to the terrorist network in Iraq which was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, listed as Ahmad Fadil Nazal al-Khalayleh (QI.A.131.03).
Related listed individuals and entities:
Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (QE.L.11.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (QE.M.89.02), listed on 10 October 2002
Ahmad Fadil Nazal al-Khalayleh (QI.A.131.03), listed on 23 September 2003
Ghuma Abd’Rabbah (QI.A.211.06), listed on 7 February 2006