NECTAR TRUST: Qatari charity behind controversial Emaan Trust in Sheffield listed as terrorism support entity, Wikileaks shows
Qatar Charity, which had links to terrorism funding, rebranded as Nectar Trust in the UK last year to avoid suspicion from international banks
The Emaan Trust, which is behind the construction of a mega-mosque in Sheffield, is receiving substantial funds from an organisation designated as a funder or terrorism. According to a US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks, Qatar Charity was in 2008 “listed as a priority III terrorism support entity (TSE) by the Interagency Intelligence Committee on Terrorism (IICT)”.
In 1995, Qatar Charity’s funds were used for an assassination attempt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. And in 2013, a Syrian jihadi group uploaded a video clearly showing boxes of flags printed with the Qatar Charity logo.
More recently, there have been reports that the charity funds Islamists in Mali. Disguised as financial transaction between Qatar Charity and the country’s defence ministry, leaked documents show its donations are used as undeclared military activities.
Qatar Charity UK, its European arm, in 2017 changed its name to Nectar Trust. Corporate filings confirm the change of the London-based trust. Further investigations show that the central Qatar Charity, based in Doha, gave Nectar Trust more than £28m in 2016/2017.
Nectar Trust funnels the money on its behalf to projects, such as the Sheffield mosque — Emaan Trust received £397,000 in 2013, but also to Muslim Brotherhood affiliates across Europe. Italy’s main Islamic organisation UCOII received just under £1m from Nectar Trust in 2016/17, and its French counterpart, the Passerelles Endowment Fund, was donated more than £8m in the same period.
The trust has also funded the Muslim League of Belgium, which once invited Muslim Brotherhood supporter Tareq Al-Suwaidan to speak at one of its events. Al-Suwaidan is banned from Belgium because of his anti-Semitic views, after he was in 2007 indicted in a US District Court in Dallas for channelling $12m (£9.2m) to Hamas.
The connection to the former Qatar Charity, now Nectar Trust, is not the first link to terrorism-sympathisers for the Sheffield mosque: Emaan trustees include Ahmed Al-Rawi, who was president of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) and the Muslim Association Of Britain (MAB). Both organisations are fundamentalist and linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and Al-Rawi has been a senior member of the notorious network.
Among other Nectar trustees are Qatari national and UK resident Yousuf Ahmed Hassan Al-Hammadi and Belgacem Kahlalech, the former Secretary of the MAB and former President of the Algerian League in Britain.
Aiman Mohammed Ebrahim Saeed, a convicted shopkeeper who was caught selling stolen mobile phones, was only a few weeks ago named as a trustee and, therefore, holds significant control at the trust, which puts the education of young Muslims at its heart.
The time has come for bank to seriously apply counter terrorism financing regulations.