AL-HARAMAIN: BANGLADESH BRANCH

QDe.112
AL-HARAMAIN: BANGLADESH 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: Bangladesh 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: Bangladesh 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: Bangladesh 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 (QDe.111), Bangladesh, 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.

A senior Al-Haramain official deployed a Bangladeshi national to conduct surveillance on United States consulates in India for potential terrorist attacks. The Bangladeshi national was arrested in early 1999 in India, carrying four pounds of explosives and five detonators. The terrorist suspect told the police that he intended to attack United States diplomatic missions in India. The suspect confessed to training in Al-Qaida terrorist camps in Afghanistan, where he met Usama bin Laden in 1994. The suspect first heard of plans for these attacks at the Al-Haramain office in Bangladesh.