Thursday, October 11, 2007

Treasury blocks assets of 3 Saudis

from The Associated Press

The Treasury department accused Abdul Rahim Al Talhi, Muhammad Abdallah Salih Sughayr and Fahd Muhammad Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khashiban of providing support to the Abu Sayyaf Group, an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group, and serving as "significant sources of financial and other support" to terrorists in Southeast Asia. "These three terrorist financiers were instrumental in raising money to fund terrorism outside of Saudi Arabia. In order to deter other would-be donors, it is important to hold these terrorists publicly accountable," said Stuart Levey, the department's under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. Any assets belonging to the men found in the United States must be frozen. Americans also are forbidden from doing business with them ... Al-Talhi was described by Treasury as an al-Qaeda-affililated financier, loyal colleague of Osama bin Laden and a member of a Saudi-based network funding terrorists.

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