U.N. panel removes 45 names, including Al Barakaat, from al Qaeda, Taliban blacklist

The Security Council’s 1267 sanctions committee removed 45 names Monday from a blacklist of people and organizations affiliated with al Qaeda or the Taliban.

The Committee, with the help of the Sanctions Monitoring Team, spent 18 months reviewing 488 names that were on the list at the time of the adoption of resolution 1822, and in ended up de-listing 45 and confirming 443 (132 Taliban and 311 al Qaeda entries)

“We really discussed each of these cases substantively on the basis of information provided to us by the Monitoring Team,” Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, Chair of the 1267 Committee, told a news conference at UN Headquarters.

The 443 confirmed entries include 66 cases for which the final decision is still pending.

Twenty-four of the removed entries were individuals, and 21 were organizations. Seven of the firms removed from the al Qaeda blacklist were companies in the United States and Sweden named Barakaat, such as the al-Barakaat Wiring Service in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Another delisted al Qaeda entity was the Somali International Relief Organisation, also in Minneapolis. The 45 names amounted to just under 10 percent of the entries on the list, bringing the total remaining to 443.

One of the things the Committee learned during the review is that over half of the 488 entries had been on the list since 2001 and had never been reviewed. Eight of the 45 de-listed entries were people who have died. Thirty people still on the list are believed to be dead. Of the 20 Taliban Karzai wanted delisted, five were removed in January and another five last week. Mayr-Harting said most of the other 10 Taliban whom Karzai wanted delisted would remain under sanctions.

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