AL-BASHAIR TRADING COMPANY, LTD

IQe.204
AL-BASHAIR TRADING COMPANY, LTD
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
29 October 2014
Reason for listing: 

Al-Bashair Trading Company, LTD was listed on 26 April 2004 in connection with the measures contained in paragraph 23 (b) of resolution 1483 (2003), as “funds or other financial assets or economic resources that have been removed from Iraq, or acquired, by Saddam Hussein or other senior officials of the former Iraqi regime and their immediate family members, including entities owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by them or by persons acting on their behalf or at their direction”

Additional information: 

“Press reporting and information available to the U.S. government indicate that the Al-Bashair Trading Company Limited acted as the largest of Iraq's arms procurement front companies until the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was involved in a range of sanctions busting and corruption schemes on behalf of the former regime. Al-Bashair reported directly to the Organization of Military Industrialization, the Iraqi state enterprise responsible for Iraq's military procurement programs headed by former Deputy Prime Minister Abd-al-Tawab Mullah Huwaysh. Huwaysh is named by the United Nations as a senior official of the former Iraqi regime on the list established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1483. Investigative reporting by the Los Angeles Times on 30 December 2003 based on documents removed from Al-Bashair's Baghdad headquarters describes a variety of deals involving sham contracts, kickbacks, falsified export documentation and money laundering designed to deceive UN inspectors and deliver, among other things, missile components, surveillance equipment and tank barrels to the former Iraqi regime. The company also allegedly helped senior officeals of the former regime launder and hide Iraqi government funds. Munir Al-Qubaysi, the director of Al-Bashair, left Iraq prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom and is currently residing in Syria.”