US imposes sanctions on Sri Lanka-based businessman



The United States has imposed sanctions on a Sri Lanka-based businessman identified as Mohamad Irshad Mohamad Haris Nizar, for his alleged links to a financial facilitator and plotter of al-Qaeda external operations.

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said Nizar was the business partner of Ahmed Luqman Talib (Talib), who was previously designated by OFAC to facilitate the international movement of people and goods. finances in pursuit of al- Qaeda’s goals.

The US Treasury Department said Nizar had been Tali’s business partner in Sri Lanka since at least the end of 2018. Their business relationship in Sri Lanka generated nearly $200,000 in profits annually.

Nizar is named pursuant to EO 13224, as amended, for materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support, or goods, or services to or in support of Talib.

“The Treasury is taking this action to further disrupt a transnational financial facilitation and operational conspiracy network of al-Qaeda,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson. “The United States continues to work with our foreign partners to counter the operational and financial activities of al-Qaeda and its associates, wherever located.

OFAC designated Talib pursuant to EO 13224, as amended, on October 19, 2020, for materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support, or goods or services to or in support of al -Qaeda. Talib has conducted business all over the world including Brazil, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey and the Gulf. (Colombo Official Gazette)



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