State Security Presidency and Terrorist Financing Targeting Center Partners Issue Joint Sanctions Against Hizballah's Senior Leadership
May 31, 2018
Through the Presidency of State Security, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has designated senior members of the Hizballah leadership by declaring ten names, five of whom belong to members of the Hizballah Shoura Council, which is part of its decision-making body. Specifically, they are: Hassan Nasrallah, Naim Qasim, Muhammad Yazbak, Husayn Khalil, and Ibrahim Amin al-Sayyid. The five other names are associated with supporting the activities of the terrorist organization, and they are: Talal Hamiyah, Ali Youssef Charara, Spectrum Group, Hassan Ebrahimi, and Maher Trading. This declaration comes pursuant to the Kingdom’s Law of Combating the Crimes of Terrorism and it's Financing, issued by Royal Order No. (A/21), which is in accordance with UN resolution 1373 (2001), which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. This classification was decided in partnership with the United States of America, which is co-chair of Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), in addition to all the other members of the TFTC: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
The Kingdom, in partnership with its allies at the TFTC, will continue to work to halt the destabilizing influence of Hizballah and Iran by targeting their leaders. Hizballah is a global terrorist organization, whose leaders show no distinction between their military and political wing, and thus the Center rejects the erroneous distinction between the so-called political wing and the terrorist and military activities of Hizballah. Along with its sponsor Iran, Hizballah continues to prolong the human suffering in Syria, as well as, fueling violence in Iraq and Yemen, endangering Lebanon and the Lebanese people, and destabilizing the entire region.
In light of the action taken today, all property and interests in property of all designated individuals and entities that are in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or in the possession or control of KSA persons must be blocked and reported to the relevant authorities. The Law of Combating the Crimes of Terrorism and it's Financing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia generally prohibits all dealings by Saudi persons or within (or transiting) the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons.