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SECURITY COUNCIL 751 AND 1907 COMMITTEE ON SOMALIA AND ERITREA DELETES ALI AHMED NUR JIM’ALE FROM ITS SANCTIONS LIST

Posted by African Press International on March 13, 2014

NEW YORK, March 13, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – On 11 March 2014, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea approved the removal of the individual specified below from the List of individuals and entities subject to the travel ban, assets freeze and targeted arms embargo imposed by paragraphs 1, 3 and 7 of resolution 1844 (2008):

(12) Ali Ahmed Nur Jim’ale AKA: Ahmed Ali Jim’ale, AKA: Ahmad Nur Ali Jim’ale, AKA: Sheikh Ahmed Jim’ale, AKA: Ahmad Ali Jim’ale, AKA: Shaykh Ahmed Nur Jim’ale DOB: 1954 POB: Eilbur, Somalia, Nationality: Somalia, Alt. nationality: Djibouti, Passport: A0181988 (Somalia), exp. 23 January 2011, Location: Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

Ali Ahmed Nur Jim’ale (Jim’ale) has served in leadership roles with the former Somali Council of Islamic Courts, also known as the Somali Islamic Courts Union, which was a radical-Islamist element. The most radical elements of the Somali Islamic Courts Union eventually formed the group known as al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab was listed for targeted sanctions in April 2010 by the United Nations Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 concerning Somalia and Eritrea (the “Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Committee”). The Committee listed al-Shabaab for being an entity engaged in acts that directly or indirectly threaten the peace, security, or stability of Somalia, including but not limited to acts that pose a threat to Somali Transitional Federal Government.

According to the July 18, 2011 report of the Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Committee’s Monitoring Group (S/2011/433), Jim’ale is identified as a prominent businessman and figure in the al-Shabaab charcoal-sugar trading cycle and benefitting from privileged relationships with al-Shabaab.

Jim’ale is identified as one of al-Shabaab’s chief financiers and is ideologically aligned with al-Shabaab. Jim’ale has provided key funding and political support for Hassan Dahir Aweys (“Aweys”), who was also listed by the Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Committee. Former al-Shabaab Deputy Emir Muktar Robow reportedly continued to engage in political posturing within the al-Shabaab organization during the mid-2011. Robow engaged Aweys and Jim’ale in an effort to advance their shared objectives and consolidate their overall stance within the context of the al-Shabaab leadership rift.

As of fall 2007, Jim’ale established a front company in Djibouti for extremist activities called the Investors Group. The short term goal of the group was, through the funding of extremist activities and weapons purchases, to destabilize Somaliland. The group assisted in smuggling small arms from Eritrea through Djibouti into the 5th region of Ethiopia where extremists received the shipment. As of mid-2008, Jim’ale continued to operate the Investors Group.

As of late September 2010, Jim’ale established ZAAD, a mobile-to-mobile money transfer business and struck a deal with al-Shabaab to make money transfers more anonymous by eliminating the need to show identification.

As of late 2009, Jim’ale had a known hawala fund where he collected zakat, which was provided to al-Shabaab.

As of December 2011, unidentified donors from the Middle East were transferring money to Jim’ale, who in turn used financial intermediaries to send the money to al-Shabaab.

In 2009, Jim’ale worked with other like minded individuals to undermine the Somali TFG by not participating in Somali reconciliation efforts. As of late 2011, Jim’ale actively supported al-Shabaab by offering free communications, use of vehicles, food aid and political advisement and set up fundraisers for al-Shabaab through various business groups.

To obtain a fully updated version of the List of individuals and entities subject to the sanctions measures, Member States are encouraged to consult, on a regular basis, the Committee’s website at the following URL:http://www.un.org/sc/committees/751/pdf/1844_cons_list.pdf

 

SOURCE

UNITED NATIONS

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The African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan holds its Inaugural Meeting in Addis Ababa

Posted by African Press International on March 13, 2014

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 13, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The African Union (AU) Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan held its inaugural meeting today. The Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and others members of the Commission, namely Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Ms. Bineta Diop and Professor Pacifique Manirakiza, were in attendance. Lady Justice Sophia Akuffo, who is the President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, was unavoidably absent.

The inaugural meeting followed the oath ceremony earlier in the day during which members of the Commission of Inquiry were sworn in. Speaking on behalf of the Commission of Inquiry, former President Olusegun Obasanjo expressed his determination and that of his fellow members to fully discharge their mandate.

The Commission of Inquiry seized the opportunity of its inaugural meeting to adopt its terms of reference and agree on the support required for the fulfillment of its mandate and on its work programme. In this respect, the Commission of Inquiry identified the activities to be undertaken in the coming weeks, including meetings with the Government of South Sudan, SPLM (in opposition) and other South Sudanese stakeholders; consultations with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD); relevant AU bodies such as the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP); as well as international actors, notably the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and other relevant bodies.

The Commission of Inquiry agreed to reconvene on the 1st and 2nd of April in Addis Ababa with a view to visiting South Sudan.

 

SOURCE

African Union Commission (AUC)

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