Trinidad court freezes assets of bin Laden’s son

By Trinidad Guardian

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The United States has issued a US$1 million reward for Hamza Bin Laden

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — High Court judge Maria Wil­son has or­dered that Osama Bin Laden’s son, Hamza Bin Laden, be named a ter­ror­ist in this coun­try, and have all his as­sets frozen.

The or­der was made on March 6.

On March 1, At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi filed the mat­ter in the High Court in ac­cor­dance with Sec­tion 22B of the An­ti-Ter­ror­ism Act Chap­ter 12:07.

On that same day, Sau­di Ara­bia an­nounced that it had re­voked Bin Laden’s cit­i­zen­ship.

The re­cent de­vel­op­ments have come about in light of the Unit­ed States of­fer­ing US$1 mil­lion for in­for­ma­tion on Bin Laden’s where­abouts.

Bin Laden, 30, is seen as an emerg­ing leader of the Al-Qai­da, the Is­lamist mil­i­tant group his late fa­ther once led.

Bin Laden has called on Al-Qai­da fol­low­ers to at­tack the US and its West­ern al­lies in re­venge for his fa­ther’s killing.

In 2011, Bin Laden’s fa­ther Osama was killed by US spe­cial forces while he was liv­ing in hid­ing in Ab­bot­tabad, Pak­istan.

Ear­li­er this month Bin Laden he had a state­ment is­sued by Al-Qai­da me­dia, in which he spoke of the role of Al-Qai­da in the Ara­bi­an Penin­su­la, threat­ened Sau­di Ara­bia and called for re­volt the pop­u­la­tion of the Ara­bi­an Penin­su­la.

Ac­cord­ing to the High Court doc­u­ments filed by Al-Rawi, “Hamza al­so known as Us­ama al­so known as Muham­mad al­so known as Bin Laden” was born on 9 May, 1989.

“(He was) an­nounced by Aiman Muhammed Ra­bi al-Za­wahiri as an of­fi­cial mem­ber of Al-Qai­da. Has called for fol­low­ers of Al-Qai­da to com­mit ter­ror at­tacks. Is seen as the most prob­a­ble suc­ces­sor of al-Za­wahiri,” the High Court or­der stat­ed.

Al-Za­wahiri is the cur­rent leader of the Al-Qai­da.

Ac­cord­ing the Unit­ed Na­tions Se­cu­ri­ty Coun­cil, Bin Laden made the Sanc­tions List “for hav­ing con­tributed to the fi­nanc­ing, to the or­ga­ni­za­tion, the fa­cil­i­ta­tion, prepa­ra­tion or ex­e­cu­tion of acts or ac­tiv­i­ties of Al-Qai­da, in as­so­ci­a­tion with this group, un­der its name or on its be­half or in sup­port of it, and have re­cruit­ed on be­half of Al-Qai­da or oth­er­wise sup­port­ed acts com­mit­ted by Al-Qai­da or ac­tiv­i­ties to which it re­lates in­di­cat­ing that it is as­so­ci­at­ed with this group”.

Wil­son or­dered that pur­suant to Sec­tion 22B (3) (b) of the An­ti-Ter­ror­ism Act that prop­er­ty:

(i) owned or con­trolled by Bin Laden,

(ii) whol­ly or joint­ly owned or con­trolled, di­rect­ly or in­di­rect­ly, by Bin Laden; and

(iii) de­rived or gen­er­at­ed from funds or oth­er as­sets owned or con­trolled di­rect­ly or in­di­rect­ly by Bin Laden, be frozen.

The Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Unit had the or­der on the con­sol­i­dat­ed list on its web­site.

Al-Rawi has to re­view the sit­u­a­tion every six months in ac­cor­dance with Sec­tion 22B(9) of the An­ti-Ter­ror­ism Act.

In No­vem­ber 2015, an An­ti-Ter­ror­ism Desk was es­tab­lished by the Min­istry of the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al to serve as “the au­tho­rised fa­cil­i­tat­ing hub for tight co­or­di­na­tion among do­mes­tic le­gal, law en­force­ment and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies and col­lab­o­ra­tion with our in­ter­na­tion­al part­ners”.

The High Court has grant­ed over 350 or­ders in Trinidad and To­ba­go against in­di­vid­u­als and en­ti­ties since then.

More about Hamza

In March 2018, Bin Laden had a state­ment is­sued by Al-Qai­da me­dia, in which he spoke of the role of Al-Qai­da in the Ara­bi­an Penin­su­la, threat­ened Sau­di Ara­bia and called for re­volt the pop­u­la­tion of the Ara­bi­an Penin­su­la.

In Jan­u­ary 2018, Bin Laden broad­cast a video record­ing on be­half of Al-Qai­da, aimed at re­cruit­ing among the lis­ten­ers, in which he at­tacked Sau­di Ara­bia and ad­vo­cat­ed the over­throw of the monar­chy.

In May 2017, Bin Laden broad­cast an au­dio mes­sage, al­so on be­half of al-Qai­da, in which he asked sup­port­ers to com­mit at­tacks.

In 2016, Al-Qai­da broad­cast an­oth­er au­dio mes­sage in which Bin Laden was threat­en­ing re­venge against the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca and warned Amer­i­cans that they would be tar­get­ed in their coun­try and abroad. In ad­di­tion, the same year, Bin Laden en­cour­aged tribes liv­ing in Sau­di Ara­bia to join al-Qai­da-af­fil­i­at­ed el­e­ments in Yemen to wage a war against the King­dom of Sau­di Ara­bia.

In 2015, Bin Laden called for at­tack­ing Amer­i­can, French and Is­raeli in­ter­ests by com­mit­ting acts of ter­ror­ism in the cap­i­tals of West­ern coun­tries on be­half of al-Qai­da.

Hamza bin Laden has been giv­en a more promi­nent role in Al-Qai­da and is be­lieved to be able to car­ry out his threats. His pop­u­lar­i­ty is grow­ing among Al-Qai­da sup­port­ers and he is most like­ly to take over at the head of a new al-Qai­da. It seeks to ex­pand Al-Qai­da’s net­work and, by means of a new wave of ter­ror­ist at­tacks in ma­jor cities in the West, to in­crease its no­to­ri­ety and to an­nounce the re­turn of Al-Qai­da, of which it would be the new chef.

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One comment

  1. uh huh for true the snake raises its ugly head again. what is it with you stupid bin ladin people dont you get it hat innocent people are tired of dieing and getting hurt. i believe they should go and get him and kill him if they have to before he does something and put the entire binladin family under house arrest and close watch. when obama had announced they captured and killed osama that was the best feeling in the world.

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