August 3, 2006

US Treasury names suspected al Qaeda fund-raisers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on
Thursday named the Philippine and Indonesian branches of the
International Islamic Relief Organization as fund-raisers for
al Qaeda and other terror groups.

It also designated one of the Saudi-based organization's
high-ranking officials, Abd Al Hamid Sulaiman Al-Mujil, as a
fund-raiser for al Qaeda.

The action means that no American can have any dealings
with the two branches of the organization or with Al-Mujil and
that any assets they have in the United States will be frozen.

"Al-Mujil has a long record of supporting Islamic militant
groups, and he has maintained a cell of regular financial
donors in the Middle East who support extremist positions,"
said Stuart Levey, Treasury's under secretary for terrorism and
financial intelligence.

A Treasury official said the organization had no offices in
the United States.

In a background paper, the department said Al-Mujil had
provided donor funds directly to al Qaeda.

He was sometimes called the "million dollar man" for
supporting Islamic militant groups, including Jemaah Islamiyah
and the Abu Sayyaf Group, both based in Southeast Asia, it