Qatari Khalifa Exploits Loopholes in UN Security Council Sanctions Doha Turns a Blind Eye To Open Terrorist Funding
Despite a UN asset freeze on certain individuals and organizations suspected to be promoting terrorism in parts of the world, confirmed reports are claiming that a Qatari financier is helping to fund the Al Qaeda leadership, including the planner behind the September 11 attacks. Apparently, Khalifa Al Subaiy is reportedly circumventing UN sanctions to tap into his frozen bank accounts.
Khalifa Al Subaiy was imprisoned for six months in Qatar for financing terrorism and enabling others to be trained abroad. On his release in March 2008, he started channelizing funds to senior Al Qaeda henchmen and dispatched recruits to the terror group’s training camps in Pakistan. He did so despite being on a UN Security Council blacklist.
All this has been made possible due to a possible loophole in UN sanctions restrictions that allowed him to access up to $10,000 a month, ostensibly under the guise of “basic necessities”.
Instead, this has allowed him to continue his illicit activity while under the watch of the Security Council, and while Qatar seems to have ignored this activity happening right under its nose.
This is ‘deeply concerning’ as stated by the Wall Street Journal that reported this loophole in the first place. An overlook in its own system means, it becomes easy of mostly extremely sharp and intelligent operatives of the likes of Subaiy to exploit funds and funnel back the same into coffers of extremist groups. The deeply flawed set-up actually allows countries to apply for sustenance funds for their own citizens. But when those applications failed to be screened by a 15 member committee of the Security Council, such applications cannot be rejected.
A home country’s request for money could only be thrown out by a unanimous vote from all 15 UN Security Council members, which “usually is very difficult to achieve,” a source spoke in anonymity with the media.
The result is that funds are almost always allowed regardless of the size of the requested withdrawal, even if there is no evidence supplied to show how the money was used. Al Subaiy’s case is part of a wider issue where accused ISIS and Al Qaeda supporters managed to use loopholes to tap into their funds.
Blacklisted people were able to access their accounts on 71 out of 72 requests, from 2008 to 2018.
It has been reported that some countries like Qatar, are failing to sufficiently monitor the activities of their citizens on the watchlist, making it very simple for siphoning of funds to be redistributed to meet unwanted activity.