NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.S.222.06. NESSIM BEN ROMDHANE SAHRAOUI
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 14 September 2009
Nessim ben Romdhane Sahraoui was listed on 2 August 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” and “recruiting for” Ansar al-Islam (QE.A.98.03).
Nessim ben Romdhane Sahraoui belonged to an Italian terrorist cell affiliated with Ansar al-Islam (QE.A.98.03). In addition to Nessim Sahraoui, the cell included Said ben Abdelhakim ben Omar al-Cherif (QI.A.138.03), Nessim ben Mohamed al-Cherif ben Mohamed Saleh al-Saadi (QI.S.148.03), Al-Azhar ben Khalifa ben Ahmed Rouine (QI.R.150.03), Faraj Faraj Hussein al-Sa’idi (deceased), Riadh ben Belkassem ben Mohamed al-Jelassi (QI.A.71.02), Radi Abd el Samie Abou el Yazid el Ayashi (QI.E.142.03), Faycal Boughanemi (QI.B.188.05) and Merai Zoghbai (QI.Z.223.06).
This terrorist cell aimed to plan and prepare terrorist acts, recruit volunteers for training camps in Afghanistan and Iraq, supply its members with forged documents, collect money through drug trafficking and counterfeiting, distribute propaganda via leaflets and sermons inciting to terrorist acts including suicide bombings, and to supply other cells with materials and support for terrorist activities. The cell was linked to similar groups in Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Nessim Sahraoui was an active member of the cell, and was in contact with other cells based abroad. He was in charge of receiving and hiding forged documents to allow other cell members to move abroad. He did so in close cooperation with Nessim al-Saadi and Said al-Cherif. Nessim Sahraoui planned to join Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist training camps in Northern Iraq.
Nessim Sahraoui was accused and prosecuted in Italy for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in Italy and abroad. He was sentenced on 20 December 2007 by the Milan Assizes Court, Italy, to six years of detention for belonging to a criminal association with terrorist aims and for receiving stolen goods. The sentence was confirmed on 20 November 2008 by the Milan Assizes Appeal Court.
Nessim Sahraoui was also tried in Tunisia and sentenced to four years of imprisonment for terrorist activity. He was in prison in Tunisia as at 15 June 2009.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Ansar al-Islam (QE.A.98.03), listed on 24 February 2003
Riadh ben Belkassem ben Mohamed al-Jelassi (QI.A.71.02), listed on 3 September 2002
Said ben Abdelhakim ben Omar al-Cherif (QI.A.138.03), listed on 12 November 2003
Radi Abd el Samie Abou el Yazid el Ayashi (QI.E.142.03), listed on 12 November 2003
Nessim ben Mohamed al-Cherif ben Mohamed Saleh al-Saadi (QI.S.148.03), listed on 12 November 2003
Al-Azhar ben Khalifa ben Ahmed Rouine (QI.R.150.03), listed on 12 November 2003
Faycal Boughanemi (QI.B.188.05), listed on 29 July 2005
Merai Zoghbai (QI.Z.223.06), listed on 2 August 2006