The subject of this notice has been designated, by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011) concerning individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida as subject to the following sanctions:
- ARMS EMBARGO: Prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, spare parts and technical advice, assistance, or training related to military activities, to designated individuals and entities.
- ASSETS FREEZE: Freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities, ensure that no funds, financial assets or economic resources are made available, directly or indirectly for their benefit.
- TRAVEL BAN: Prevent the entry into or transit through their territories by designated individuals.
The subject has the following permanent reference number on the list maintained by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011) concerning Al-Qaida which appears in the Special Notice for this subject: QI.A.130.03.
The full content of resolution(s) as well as the Sanctions List and the Narrative Summary of Reasons for Listing are available on the webpage of the Committee at:
Date of listing: 23/09/2003
The narrative summary is available at: http://www.un.org/sc/committees/1267/NSQI13003E.shtml
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 25 January 2010
Mohamed Ghassan Ali Abu Dhess was listed on 23 September 2003 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of resolution 1390 (2002) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf, or in support of”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida in Iraq (QE.J.115.04).
Mohamed Ghassan Ali Abu Dhess is a leader of the German branch of Al-Qaida in Iraq (QE.J.115.04), a.k.a. Jam’at al-Tawhid Wa’al-Jihad (JTJ), which was originally led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, listed as Ahmad Fadil Nazal al-Khalayleh (deceased). Until 2003, the cell’s activities in Germany consisted mainly of forging passports, collecting donations and facilitating the illegal travel of fighters to Iraq. Although the group operates independently, it does so within guidelines and directives set by operational leaders abroad. Abu Dhess has cultivated a wide variety of contacts throughout Germany who have decision-making roles within the group as regards its criminal activities. Abu Dhess knew of and approved an attack in Germany planned among others, by Aschraf al-Dagma (QI.A.132.03) and Ismail Abdallah Sbaitan Shalabi (QI.S.128.03).
Abu Dhess was convicted in Germany in October 2005 of belonging to a terrorist organization (the German cell of Al-Qaida in Iraq) and of acts preparatory to counterfeiting official identity papers. He was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Al-Qaida in Iraq (QE.J.115.04), listed on 18 October 2004
Usama Muhammed Awad bin Laden (QI.B.8.01), listed on 25 January 2001
Ismail Abdallah Sbaitan Shalabi (QI.S.128.03), listed on 23 September 2003
Djamel Moustfa (QI.M.129.03), listed on 23 September 2003
Aschraf al-Dagma (QI.A.132.03), listed on 23 September 2003