UN and EU add six people to Al Qaida sanctions list

The European Sanctions blog by Maya Lester, Brick Court Chambers & Michael O’Kane, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

On 4 August 2014 the UN Security Council amended the entries for 2 people on the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee’s list of persons, groups and entities to whom UN restrictive measures apply and on 15 August it added 6 new people.  The restrictive measures freeze their funds and economic resources and prohibit granting, selling, supplying or transferring technical advice, assistance or training related to military activities to any of the individuals and entities concerned, whether directly or indirectly.

On Thursday (21st August) the European Union implemented those amendments by means of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 914/2014 of 21 August 2014 which amends Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 881/2001, and published a notice for the attention of the people affected.

The 6 people that have been added are Abdelrahman Mouhamad Zafir al Dabidi al Jahani, Hajjaj Bin Fahd al Ajni, Abou Mohamed al Adnani, Said Arif, Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al Charekh and Hamid Hamad Hamid al-‘Ali.  The notice states that those people may submit at any time a request to the UN Ombudsperson for the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, together with any supporting documentation, for the decision to include them in the UN list referred to above, to be reconsidered.  There is no court with jurisdiction to review decisions of the UN Security Council or its Sanctions Committees, but the General Court of the European Union reviews European Union measures implementing UN listing decisions (see e.g. previous posts on the Kadi litigation in Europe); the notice draws that possibility (and a process for submitting observations to the EU) to the attention of listed people. The mandate of the UN Ombudsperson for that committee was extended in June – see previous post.

The EU’s sanctions that relate to terrorism, Al-Qaida and the Taliban are on the “sanctions in force” section of this blog.

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