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Counter-Terrorism Asset Freezing Regime

Volume 628: debated on Wednesday 6 September 2017

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 resolutions 1373 and 1452.

This report covers the period from 1 October 2016 to 31 December 2016.1 This report also covers the UK implementation of the UN’s ISIL (Daesh) and Al-Qaida asset freezing regime (ISIL-AQ) 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 ISIL-AQ asset-freezing regime, the UN has responsibility for designations and the Treasury, through its Office of Financial Sanctions implementation (OFSI), has responsibility for licensing and compliance with the regime in the UK under the ISIL (Daesh) and Al-Qaida (Asset-Freezing) regulations 2011.

Under EU regulation 2580/2001, the EU has responsibility for designations and OFSI has responsibility for licensing and compliance with the regime in the UK under part 1 of TAFA 2010.

A new EU asset-freezing regime under EU regulation (2016/1686) was implemented on 22 September 2016. This permits the EU to make autonomous Al-Qaida and ISIL (Daesh) listings. Once a designation is made under this regime it will appear in the table available as an online attachment.

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 table, available as an online attachment, sets out the key asset-freezing activity in the UK during the quarter.

Legal Proceedings

In November a Court of Appeal considered whether or not Begg met the minimum criteria for the grant of a protective costs order and concluded that he did. The Court of Appeal thereafter remitted the matter back to the High Court for the protective costs order to be granted.

Annex A: Designated persons under TAFA 2010 by name2



2. Imad Khalil AL-ALAMI

3. Abdelkarim Hussein AL-NASSER*

4. Ibrahim Salih AL-YACOUB*

5. Manssor ARBABSIAR*

6. Usama HAMDAN

7. Hasan IZZ-AL-DIN*

8. Mohammed KHALED

9. Musa Abu MARZOUK

10. Khalid MISHAAL

11. Khalid Sheikh MOHAMMED*

12. Abdul Reza SHAHLAI*

13. Ali Gholam SHAKURI*

14. Qasem SOLEIMANI*


1. Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA)

2. Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN)*

3. Hizballah Military Wing, including external security organisation*

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

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

6. Sendero Luminoso (SL)*

Annex B: Persons designated by the EU under Council regulation (EC) 2580/20013



2. Abdelkarim Hussein AL-NASSER*

3. Ibrahim Salih AL-YACOUB*

4. Manssor ARBABSIAR*

5. Mohammed BOUYERI

6. Hassan Hassan EL HAJJ

7. Hasan IZZ-AL-DIN*

8. Farad MELIAD

9. Khalid Sheikh MOHAMMED*

10. Dalokay SANLI

11. Abdul Reza SHAHLAI*

12. Ali Gholam SHAKURI*

13. Qasem SOLEIMANI*

Groups and Entities

1. Abu Nidal Organisation (ANO)

2. Al-Aqsa E.V.

3. Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade

4. Babbar Khalsa

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

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

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

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

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

10. Hizballah Military Wing, including external security organisation

11. Hizbul Mujahideen (HM)

12. Hofstadgroep

13. Islami Büyük Doğu Akincilar Cephesi (IBDA-C) (Great Islamic Eastern Warriors Front)

14. Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF)

15. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) (a.k.a. Kongra-Gel)

16. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

17. Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)

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

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

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

21. Teyrbazen Azadiya Kurdistan (TAK)

1Financial institutions update OFSI on individual account balances annually. The figures in the first row of the table are based on account balances which were last reported to HM Treasury on 30 September 2016. At the end of each quarter HM Treasury will adjust the figures to reflect any accounts that have been frozen or unfrozen in that quarter.

2For full listing details please refer to:

3For full listing details please refer to:

*EU listing rests on UK designation under TAFA 2010

Attachments are available online: http://www.parliament.juk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2017-09-06/HCWS115/.