The UK has added a Qatari financier to its sanctions list – 10 months after he was blacklisted as a ‘global terrorist’ by the US. The British government now faces scrutiny over its sanctions regime and calls to tighten up.
Abd Al-Rahman Bin Umayr Al-Nuaymi is accused of sending £1.25 million ($2.1 million) a month to jihadists in Iraq at one stage, as well as £375,000 ($603,466) to an Al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria. He also sent money to Al-Shabaab in Somalia and other terrorist groups in the Middle East. Al-Nuaymi was at one time an advisor to the Qatari government, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
The decision 10 days ago by the UK Treasury to slap sanctions on Al-Nuaymi means any of his assets in the UK will be frozen, and British banks or foreign banks with offices in the UK will be barred from doing business with him.