De-listing of Al Haramain Islamic Foundation
OFAC has removed the US branch of Al Haramain Islamic Foundation (AHIF), a charity that was listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, from its SDN List. The US Treasury said last Friday the decision to de-list AHIF was taken after it agreed to dissolve, following legal action in which it accused the US government of using classified evidence to shut down a legitimate charity. In 2011, a US appeals court found that the charity’s rights of due process had been violated by not disclosing the evidence against it and failing to give reasons for its investigation (link to judgment here). AHIF’s non-US branches remain on the SDN List.
The State Department has designated Omar Diaby, Fathi Hammad, and the Jund al-Aqsa organisation as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.
- Omar Diaby – Said to lead a group of French terrorist fighters in Syria, which has fought alongside the designated group al-Nusrah Front.
- Fathi Hammad – Allegedly engaged in terrorist activity for designated entity Hamas, where he was Interior Minister. He is said to have established Al-Aqsa TV, which broadcast programmes designed to recruit children to become armed fighters and suicide bombers.
- Jund al-Aqsa – Said to have carried out several terrorist operations in Syria, including the massacre of 40 civilians in the village of Maan in 2014.