In accordance with paragraph 36 of resolution 2161 (2014) , the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included in the Al-Qaida Sanctions List.
Said ben Abdelhakim ben Omar al-Cherif 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”, “recruiting for” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida (QDe.004) and Ansar al-Islam (QDe.098).
Said ben Abdelhakim ben Omar al-Cherif 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).
Al-Cherif 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 the proceeds of crime.
Al-Cherif cooperated with other individuals linked with terrorism, maintaining direct communications with other leaders, recruiting individuals to undertake military operations and ensuring the network’s security. He also provided Al-Qaida members in Malaysia with forged documents.
On 7 February 2008, Al-Cherif was sentenced to eight years and ten months imprisonment for membership in a terrorist association and other related crimes by a court in Italy.
On 9 January 2009, Al-Cherif was sentenced in Italy to eight years imprisonment followed by expulsion to Tunisia for sending individuals to Iraq and Afghanistan to carry out terrorist acts, including suicide attacks, aiding would-be terrorists to enter Iraq, helping illegal immigrants to enter European countries, and aiding suspected terrorists to leave Italy.