In accordance with paragraph 13 of resolution 1822 (2008) and subsequent related resolutions, the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included in the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.
Merai Abdefattah Khalil Zoghbi 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 (QDe.098), the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (QDe.011) and Al-Qaida (QDe.004)
Merai Abdefattah Khalil Zoghbi belonged to an Italian terrorist cell affiliated with Ansar al-Islam (QDe.098). In addition to Merai Zoghbi, the cell included Said ben Abdelhakim ben Omar al-Cherif (QDi.138), Nessim ben Mohamed al-Cherif ben Mohamed Saleh al-Saadi (QDi.148), Al-Azhar ben Khalifa ben Ahmed Rouine (QDi.150), Faraj Faraj Hussein al-Sa’idi (deceased), Riadh ben Belkassem ben Mohamed al-Jelassi (QDi.071), Radi Abd el Samie Abou el Yazid el Ayashi (QDi.142), Faycal Boughanemi (QDi.188) and Nessim ben Romdhane Sahraoui (QDi.222).
The 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.
Merai Zoghbi was an active member of this 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.
Merai Zoghbi was also a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (QDe.011). In 2001, he reached Afghanistan, where he received training and joined Al-Qaida (QDe.004).
During his travel in 2002 and 2003, he maintained contact with Said ben Abdelhakim ben Omar al-Cherif, and Imed ben Mekki Zarkaoui (QDi.139).
Merai Zoghbi 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.