AL HARAMAIN: ALBANIA BRANCH

QDe.111
AL HARAMAIN: ALBANIA BRANCH
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
30 October 2009
Date(s) on which the narrative summary was updated: 
15 June 2015
Reason for listing: 

Al-Haramain Foundation: Albania 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: Albania 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: Albania Branch was a branch of 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 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, Bangladesh (QDe.112), Ethiopia (QDe.113), the Netherlands (QDe.114), and the Union of the Comoros (QDe.116) 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.

Usama Bin Laden may have financed the establishment of the Al-Haramain office in Albania, which was used as cover for terrorist activity in Albania and in Europe. In late 2000, a close associate of a Usama bin Laden operative moved to Albania and was running an unnamed Al-Haramain subsidiary. In 1988, the head of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Albania was also a financial official for Al-Haramain. This individual was extradited in 1998 from Albania to Egypt where, during his trial, he voiced his support for Usama bin Laden and Al-Qaida’s August 1998 terrorist attacks against the United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.