OFAC de-lists Al Haramain & new designations

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.

New designations

The State Department has designated Omar Diaby, Fathi Hammad, and the Jund al-Aqsa organisation as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

  1. Omar Diaby – Said to lead a group of French terrorist fighters in Syria, which has fought alongside the designated group al-Nusrah Front.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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About Michael O'Kane

Michael O’Kane is a partner and Head of the Business Crime team at leading UK firm Peters & Peters. Described as ‘first-rate’ (Legal 500 2012), he “draws glowing praise from commentators” (Chambers 2013) for handling the international aspects of business crime, including sanctions, extradition and mutual legal assistance. Called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters he was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters(CPS). At CPS HQ he was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high profile fraud, terrorist and special interest criminal matters including the Stansted Airport Afghan hijacking and the prosecution of Paul Burrell (Princess Diana’s butler). Michael joined Peters & Peters in 2002. He became a partner in May 2004, and Head of the Business Crime team in May 2009. Since joining Peters & Peters, Michael has dealt with a wide range of business crime matters. He has particular expertise in international sanctions, criminal cartels, extradition, corruption, mutual legal assistance, and FSA investigations. Described as“ an influential practitioner in fraud and regulatory work, so much so that he is top of the referral lists of many City firms for independent advice for directors” (The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2009), he was recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative lawyers in the 2011 FT Innovative Lawyer Awards and included in the list of the UK's leading lawyers in 'The International Who's Who of Asset Recovery 2012. In 2012 he was the winner of the Global Competition Review Article of the Year. Michael regularly appears on television and radio to discuss his specialist areas and he is the author of the leading textbook on the UK Criminal Cartel Offence “The Law of Criminal Cartels-Practice and Procedure” (Oxford University Press 2009). Recent/Current Sanctions Work • Representing 109 individuals and 12 companies subject to designation by the European Council under targeted measures imposed against Zimbabwe. This is the largest and most complex collective challenge to a sanctions listing ever brought before the European Court. • Acting for a former Egyptian Minister and his UK resident wife, challenging their designation by the European Council of Ministers under targeted measures brought against former members of the Egyptian Government. • Advising a company accused in a UN investigation report to have breached UN sanctions imposed in relation to Somalia. • Advising a UK company in relation to ongoing commercial relationships with an Iranian company listed under both EU and UN sanctions. • Advising an individual in relation to a UK investigation for alleging breaching nuclear export controls.

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