Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
28 March 2011
Date(s) on which the narrative summary was updated: 
3 February 2015
19 July 2019
14 November 2019
10 September 2020
23 April 2021
Reason for listing: 

Imed ben Mekki Zarkaoui was listed on 12 November 2003 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”, “recruiting for” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida (QDe.004) and Ansar al-Islam (QDe.098).

Additional information: 

Imed ben Mekki Zarkaoui has belonged to a terrorist cell set up in Milan, Italy, with several branches, probably in other European countries. The cell was linked to Al-Qaida (QDe.004) and was focused on obtaining forged documents to send to terrorists in European and Middle Eastern countries and on recruiting individuals for terrorist training, mainly in Iraq, organized by Ansar al-Islam (QDe.098).

Zarkaoui provided the terrorist cell with use of his property and all his activities were directed towards supporting it. He was able to support the cell’s activities financially, probably through proceeds of crime.

Zarkaoui also provided the cell with weapons and explosives.

On 14 July 2011, Zarkaoui was sentenced in Italy to seven years and one month imprisonment for his membership in a terrorist association. He was released on 31 March 2014 on early release.