Al Qaida Sanctions Committee: Statement by Ambassador Wittig

Oct 5, 2012

As of today states are no longer required to take the measures described in paragraph 1 of resolution 1989 (2011) with respect to Mr. Yasin Abdullah Ezzedine Qadi (Kadi).

On this occassion Ambassador Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, who currently chairs the Al Qaida Sanctions Committee, issues the following statement:

"The Al-Qaida Sanctions Committe today agreed to follow the Ombudsperson’s recommendation and remove Mr. Qadi’s name from the Al-Qaida Sanctions List. This decision is the result of thorough considerations among members of the Committee, based on a comprehensive report provided to the Committee by the Omudsperson.

The case of Mr Qadi’s delisting demonstrates that the work of the Ombudsperson has contributed to improving clear and fair procedures in the delisting process. This is an achievement that deserves to be acknowledged.

We are pleased that the stipulations as set out in resolution 1989 (2011) have once more proven to be effective and workable. They significantly improve both fairness and clarity of procedures governing the Al Qaida Sanctions List."

Additional information

- Since the adoption of resolution 1989 (2011) in June 2011, introducing new procedures to further and significantly strengthen the mandate of the Ombudsperson, Mr. Qadi is the sixteenth individual who has been delisted on the basis of the Ombudsperson’s recommendation.

- Since the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsperson through resolution 1904 (2009), the Ombudsperson has received 31 delisting requests. The Committee has agreed to delist 18 individuals and 24 entities, one entity was removed as an "AKA" of a listed entity, one delisting request has been refused and one petition has been withdrawn.

The Comprehensive Reports of the Ombudsperson provide the petitioner with an opportunity to be heard and to present his/her view of the matter. Moreover, the Ombudsperson’s mandate to provide to the Committee a recommendation on each delisting request has provided a new dynamic of decision making within the Committee.

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