NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING

QDe.113
AL-HARAMAIN: ETHIOPIA BRANCH
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
30 October 2009
Reason for listing: 

Al-Haramain: Ethiopia Branch was listed on 6 July 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 or in support of” Al-Qaida (QDe.004).

Additional information: 

Al-Haramain: Ethiopia Branch provided financial, material and/or logistical and technological support to the network of Al-Qaida (QDe.004) and Usama bin Laden (deceased).

Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in Ethiopia was linked to the Saudi Arabia-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation which presented itself as a private, charitable and educational non-governmental organization. When viewed as a single entity, Al-Haramain was one of the principal NGOs active throughout the world providing support for the Al-Qaida network. Funding generally came from individual benefactors and special campaigns which targeted selected business entities around the world.

The founder and former leader of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Aqeel Abdulaziz Aqeel al-Aqeel (QDi.171.04), and the Al-Haramain branches in Bosnia and Herzegovina (QDe.071), Somalia (QDe.072), Indonesia (QDe.103), Kenya (QDe.105), Tanzania (QDe.106), Pakistan (QDe.104), Afghanistan (QDe.110), Albania (QDe.111), Bangladesh (QDe.112), Ethiopia, the Netherlands (QDe.114), the Union of the Comoros (QDe.116) and the United States of America (QDe.117) have provided financial, material and/or technological support to the Al-Qaida network, including Jemaah Islamiyah (QDe.092), Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya / AIAI (QDe.002), the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (QDe.003) and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (QDe.118). These terrorist organizations received funding from Al-Haramain and used Al-Haramain as a front for fundraising and operational activities.

Available information shows that Al-Haramain in Ethiopia provided support to Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya / AIAI which has engaged in attacks against Ethiopian defense forces.