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Counter-Terrorist Asset-Freezing Regime

Volume 569: debated on Wednesday 23 October 2013

My noble friend the Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord Deighton, has today made the following written ministerial statement:

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

This is the 11th report under the Act and it covers the period from 1 July 2013 to 30 September 2013. This report also covers the UK implementation of the UN al-Qaeda asset-freezing regime and the operation of the EU asset-freezing regime in the UK under EU regulation (EC) 2580/2001 which implements UNSCR 1373 against external terrorist threats to the EU. Under the UN al-Qaeda asset-freezing regime, the UN has responsibility for designations and the Treasury has responsibility for licensing and compliance with the regime in the UK under the Al-Qaeda (Asset-freezing) Regulations 2011. Under EU Regulation 2580/2001, 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 A and B 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.

The following table sets out the key asset-freezing activity in the UK during the quarter ending 30 September 2013:

TAFA 2010

EU Reg (EC) 2580/2001

Al-Qaeda Regime UNSCR 1989

Assets frozen (as at 30/09/2013)

£91,000

£11,0001

£70,0002

Number of accounts frozen in UK(at 30/09/13)

61

10

29

New accounts frozen

0

0

1

Accounts unfrozen

0

0

0

Number of designations (at 30/09/2013)

39

373

284

(i) New designations (during Q3 2013)

0

1

1

(ii) Delistings

0

0

7

(iii) Individuals in custody in UK (at 30/09/2013)

15

0

0

(iv) Individuals in UK, not in custody (at 30/09/2013)

3

0

4

(v) Individuals overseas (at 30/09/2013)

13

11

217

(vi) Groups

8 (0 in UK)

26 (1 in UK)

63 (1 in UK)

Individuals by Nationality

(i) UK Nationals4

14

n/a

n/a

(ii) Non UK Nationals

17

Renewal of designation

0

n/a

n/a

General Licences

(i) Issued in Q3

(i) 0

(ii) Amended

(ii) 5

(iii) Revoked

(iii) 0

Specific Licences

(i) Issued in Q3

(i) 9

(i) 0

(i) 2

(ii) Amended

(ii) 0

(ii) 0

(ii) 0

(iii) Revoked/Expired

(iii) 1

(iii) 0

(iii) 0

1This does not duplicate funds frozen under TAFA.

2This figure reflects the most up-to-date account balances available and includes approximately $64,000 of funds frozen in the UK. This has been converted using exchange rates as of 30/09/2013.

3This figure is based on ex-designations where the UK freeze forms the prior competent authority decision for the EU freeze.

4Based on information held by the Treasury, some of these individuals hold dual nationality.

Legal Proceedings

Appeals against designations made under the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2009 and TAFA 2010 were ongoing in the quarter covered by this report, brought by Zana Abdul Rahim. Two civil claims relating to designations are also ongoing, one brought by Gulam Mastafa against the Treasury and other Government Departments, and another brought by an individual, known as “M”, against the Treasury. The challenge under s63(2) of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 brought by Mohammed Al Ghabra against the Treasury and joined to be heard with his claim for Judicial Review against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is also ongoing.

In the quarter to 30 September 2013, no criminal proceedings were initiated in respect of breaches of asset-freezes made under TAFA 2010 or under the Al-Qaeda (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011.

Annex A: Designated persons under TAFA 2010 by name5

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. Mohammed Khaled

15. Parviz Khan

16. Waheed Arafat Khan

17. Osman Adam Khatib

18. Musa Abu Marzouk

19. Khalid Mishaal

20. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

21. Ramzi Mohammed

22. Sultan Muhammad

23. Yassin Omar

24. Hussein Osman

25. Muktar Mohammed Said

26. Assad Sarwar

27. Ibrahim Savant

28. Abdul Reza Shahlai

29. Ali Gholam Shakuri

30. Qasem Soleimani

31. 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)

Annex B: Persons designated by the EU under Council Regulation (EC)2580/20016

Persons

1. Hamed Abdollahi*

2. Abdelkarim 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*

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-lslamiyya (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. Hizballah Military wing, including external security organisation

12. Hofstadgroep

13. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development*

14. International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF)

15. Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF)

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

17. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

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

19. Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)

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

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

22. Fuerzas armadas revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)*

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

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

25. Stichting Al Aqsa

26. Teyrbazen Azadiya Kurdistan (TAK)

5For full listing details please refer to: http://www.hm-treasury .gov.uk/d/terrorism.htm.

6For full listing details please refer to: www.gov.uk

*EU listing rests on UK designation under TAFA 2010.