US, UN slaps sanctions against Osama`s son-in-law

The US slapped sanctions against Osama`s son-in-law Muhammad Abdallah Hasan Abu al-Khayr, who is now considered as the key leader of the al Qaeda`s financAe network.

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 17:01 PM IST

Washington: Directly targeting the
world`s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden, the US on Wednesday
slapped sanctions against his son-in-law Muhammad Abdallah
Hasan Abu al-Khayr, who is now considered as the key leader of
the al Qaeda`s finance network.

Al-Khayr, who married Osama`s daughter after serving
as elusive terrorist`s bodyguard for a number of years, has
been named as al Qaeda`s chief financial officer after the
slaying of Mustafa Abu al-Yazid in a US drone attack.

He also acts for al Qaeda in a leadership role on the
media committee and has on at least one occasion recruited a
member for it.

Slapping the sanctions, US Under Secretary for
Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey said,
"today`s designation of al-Khayr by the US and the UN will
help to ensure that that al Qaeda remains in severe financial
straits."

Al-Khayr appears on a 2009 list of 85 persons wanted
by the government of Saudi Arabia, in part because of his role
as an al Qaeda financial facilitator.

He has transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars
for a specific terrorist attack against US interests, the
Treasury Department said in a statement.

His relationship with al Qaeda began with military
training the terrorist group provided him in the mid-1990s. He
has also provided services to Osama bin Laden as a bodyguard.

"After the death in May of Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, who
essentially served as al Qaeda`s chief financial officer, we
will continue to work with our allies to target those like
al-Khayr who could step into al-Yazid`s shoes," said Levey.

PTI

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