The Security Council Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee on Saturday removed Saudi businessman Yasin Abdullah Ezzedine Qadi from its sanctions List in response to a delisting request he had submitted, the United Nations reported in a statement.
“On 5 October 2012, the Security Council al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee removed the name of Mr. Yasin Abdullah Ezzedine Qadi from the Al-Qaeda Sanctions List after concluding its consideration of the delisting request submitted by this individual through the Ombudsperson established pursuant to Security Council resolution 1904 (2009), and after considering the Comprehensive Report of the Ombudsperson on this delisting request.”
Germany’s U.N. Ambassador Peter Wittig said the decision was the result of thorough considerations among members of the Committee, based on a comprehensive report provided to the Committee by the Canadian Ombudsperson Kimberly Prost.
Yasin Qadi was added to the U.N. blacklist in October 2001 for being a suspected associate of late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The U.S and the European Union had included his name in their black lists too.
In an interview with Al Arabiya, Qadi thanked King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and expressed his confidence that his name would be removed from all the sanctions’ lists in Europe and America.
He described the battle that he endured with his legal team to prove his innocence as a difficult one, adding that process took a lot of time because of Sept. 11 attacks.