NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING

QDe.091
GLOBAL RELIEF FOUNDATION (GRF)
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
07 September 2010
Reason for listing: 

The Global Relief Foundation (GRF) was listed on 12 October 2002 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”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida (QDe.004), Usama bin Laden and the Taliban.

Additional information: 

The Global Relief Foundation (GRF), and its officers and directors have had connections to, and have provided support for and assistance to Al-Qaida (QDe.004) and to Usama bin Laden (deceased).

Rabih Haddad, a senior GRF official who co-founded GRF and served as its president throughout the 1990s and into 2000, worked for Makhtab al-Khidamat (QDe.012), the precursor organization to Al-Qaida, in Pakistan in the early 1990s.

GRF has provided financial and other assistance to, and received funding from, individuals associated with Al-Qaida. Mohammed Galeb Kalaje Zouaydi, a suspected financier of Al-Qaida’s worldwide terrorist efforts, was arrested in Europe in April 2002. Zouaydi and his partners transferred approximately USD 600,000 to Al-Qaida-related organizations, including GRF. Along with these transfers, Zouaydi transferred over USD 200,000 to GRF’s Belgium Office. GRF admitted receiving funds from Zouaydi.

GRF personnel had multiple contacts with Wadih el-Hage, Bin Laden’s personal secretary, when he was in Sudan. El-Hage was convicted in a United States district court in May 2001 for his role in the 1998 bombings of United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. El-Hage was in contact with GRF while he was active in an Al-Qaida terrorist cell in Kenya.

A GRF employee also dealt with officials of the Taliban. In November 2001, a GRF medical relief coordinator traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, and had dealings with Taliban officials until the collapse of the Taliban regime.