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Counter-Terrorist Asset Freezing Regime

Volume 543: debated on Monday 30 April 2012

Under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (“TAFA 2010”), the Treasury is required to report quarterly to Parliament on its operation of the UK’s asset freezing regime mandated by UN Security Council resolution 1373.

This is the fifth report under the Act and it covers the period from 1 January 2012 to 31 March 2012. This report also covers the UK implementation of the UN Al-Qaida asset freezing regime and the operation of the European Union (EU) asset freezing regime in the UK under the EU regulation (EC) 2580/2001 which implements UNSCR 1373 against external terrorist threats to the EU. Under the latter regime, the EU has responsibility for designations and the Treasury has responsibility for licensing and compliance with the regime in the UK under part 1 of TAFA 2010.

Annexes 1 and 2 to this statement provide a breakdown by name of all those designated by the UK and the EU in pursuance of UN Security Council resolution 1373.

Following the publication in February 2012 of the Treasury’s response to the independent reviewer’s first report on the operation of TAFA 2010, the Treasury is continuing work to implement the independent reviewer’s recommendations. Progress on these will be reported in future reports to Parliament.

The following table sets out the key asset-freezing activity in the UK during the quarter ending 31 March 2012:

Activities

TAFA 2010

EU Reg (EC) 2580/2001

Al-Qaida regime UNSCR 1989

Assets frozen (as at 31/03/2012)

£33,000

£11,000

£71,0001

Number of accounts frozen in UK (at 31/03/12)

68

10

38

New accounts frozen

0

0

0

Accounts unfrozen

1

0

1

Number of designations (at 31/03/12)

40

37

329

(i) new designations (during Q1 2012)

0

0

11

(ii) Delistings

2

14

25

(iii) individuals in custody in UK

14

0

2

(iv) individuals in UK, not in detention

5

0

7

(v) individuals overseas

13

12

260

(vi) groups

8 (0 in UK)

25

69 (2 in UK)

Renewal of designation

34

n/a

n/a

General Licences

(i) Issued in Q1

(i) 0

(ii) Amended

(ii) 0

(iii) Revoked

(iii) 0

Specific Licences:

(i) Issued

(i) 6

(i) 0

(i) 0

(ii) Revokd

(ii) 1

(ii) 0

(ii) 0

1This figure reflects the most up-to-date account balances available and includes approximately $64,000 of suspected terrorist funds frozen in the UK. This has been converted using exchange rates as of 02/04/12.

The key area of activity during the quarter was:

Reviews of the remaining 36 existing designations, not reported on in the previous quarterly report, were conducted during the quarter, which resulted in the renewal of 34 designations and the delisting of Habib Ahmed and Selman Bozkur. The renewals and delistings were all publicised on the Treasury website. All current designations under TAFA 2010 are listed at Annex I.

Legal Challenges

Three legal challenges against designations made under both the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2009 and TAFA 2010 were ongoing in the quarter covered by this report. The challenges brought by Ismail Bhuta and Habib Ahmed were withdrawn during the quarter, in accordance with agreed terms of settlement. There were no specific developments during the quarter in the case brought by Zana Rahim.

Proceedings

In the quarter to 31 March 2012, no proceedings were initiated in respect of breaches of the prohibitions of the Act or the Al-Qaida (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011.

Annex 1

Designated persons under TAFA 2010 by name

Individuals

1. Hamed ABDOLLAHI

2. Bilal Talal ABDULLAH

3. Imad Khalil AL-ALAMI

4. Abdula Ahmed ALI

5. Abdelkarim Hussein AL-NASSER

6. Ibrahim Salih AL-YACOUB

7. Manssor ARBABSIAR

8. Usama HAMDAN

9. Nabeel HUSSAIN

10. Tanvir HUSSAIN

11. Zahoor IQBAL

12. Umar ISLAM

13. Hasan IZZ-AL-DIN

14. Parviz KHAN

15. Waheed Arafat KHAN

16. Osman Adam KHATIB

17. Musa Abu MARZOUK

18. Gulam MASTAFA

19. Khalid MISHAAL

20. Khalid Shaikh MOHAMMED

21. Ramzi MOHAMMED

22. Sultan MUHAMMAD

23. Yassin OMAR

24. Hussein OSMAN

25. Zana Abdul RAHIM

26. Muktar Mohammed SAID

27. Assad SARWAR

28. Ibrahim SAVANT

29. Abdul Reza SHAHLAI

30. Ali Gholam SHAKURI

31. Qasem SOLEIMANI

32. Waheed ZAMAN

Entities

1. BASQUE FATHERLAND AND LIBERTY (ETA)

2. EJERCITO DE LIBERACION NACIONAL (ELN)

3. FUERZAS ARMADAS REVOLUCIONARIAS DE COLOMBIA (FARC)

4. HIZBALLAH MILITARY WING, INCLUDING EXTERNAL SECURITY ORGANISATION

5. HOLY LAND FOUNDATION FOR RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT

6. POPULAR FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE—GENERAL COMMAND (PFLP-GC)

7. POPULAR FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE (PFLP)

8. SENDERO LUMINOSO (SL)

2 For full listing details please refer to http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/terrorism.htm

Annex II

Persons designated by the EU under Council Regulation (EC)2580/20013

Persons

1. Hamed ABDOLLAHI*

2. Abdeikarim Hussein AL-NASSER*

3. Ibrahim Salih AL YACOUB*

4. Manssor ARBABSIAR*

5. Mohammed BOUYERI

6. Sofiane Yacine FAHAS

7. Hasan IZZ-AL-DIN*

8. Khalid Shaikh MOHAMMED*

9. Abdul Reza SHAHLAI*

10. Ali Gholam SHAKURI*

11. Qasem SOLEIMANI*

12. Jason Theodore WALTERS

Groups And Entities

1. Abu Nidal Organisation (ANO)

2. Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade

3. Al-Aqsa e.V.

4. Al-Takfir and Al-Hijra

5. Babbar Khalsa

6. Communist Party of the Philippines, including New People’s Army (NPA), Philippines

7. Gama’a al-Islamiyya (a.k.a. Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya) (Islamic Group—IG)

8. Islami Büyük Dogu Akincilar Cephesi (IBDA-C) (Great Islamic Eastern Warriors Front)

9. Hamas, including Hamas-Izz al-Din al-Qassem

10. Hizbul Mujahideen (HM)

11. Hofstadgroep

12. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development*

13. International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF)

14. Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF)

15. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) (a.k.a. KONGRA-GEL)

16. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

17. Ejército de Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Army)*

18. Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)

19. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)*

20. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine—General Command (PFLP-GC)*

21. Fuerzas armadas revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)*

22. Devrimci Halk Kurtulu Partisi-Cephesi—DHKP/C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army/Front/Party)

23. Sendero Luminoso (SL) (Shining Path)*

24. Stichting Al Aqsa

25. Teyrbazen Azadiya Kurdistan (TAK)

3For full listing details please refer to http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/terrorism.htm.

* EU listing rests on UK designation under TAFA 2010