This is an update to this earlier post about Treasury’s Oct. 19 removal of Faraj Hussein al-Sa’idi from its terrorist sanctions list.
Faraj Hussein, or Faraj Hassan as he was commonly known, was a Libyan living in Britain who had been convicted in absentia by an Italian court on terrorism charges in 2006. I called Hassan’s delisting “mysterious,” but it turns out that he may have been removed from the list because he recently died.
There are a few reasons for the confusion: 1) No reference to his death was included or discernible from Treasury’s original announcement. 2) Faraj Hassan’s multiple aliases and name spellings (at least five variations) also complicated the research for my original post. 3) There is news coverage by the Harrow Observer of the death of “Faraj Saadi” here and a casual reference in a Guardian article, although I couldn’t find any other mainstream news accounts of the death. Several online Islamic forums, nonprofit organizations, and personal websites all say that Faraj Hassan died in a motorcycle accident on the morning of Aug. 16 this year. The Harrow Observer had this photo of the accident scene:
Accident scene in Harrow, England
Shortly before his death, Faraj Hassan can be seen in video at a rally for would-be murderess Aafia Siddiqi telling the audience that “jihad against America is compulsory.” See the footage YouTube banned on Yahoo Video here. (I had originally uploaded the video on YouTube so I could embed it here on WordPress, but YouTube disabled the video for “violating” their policy. Amazing how when you simply show what the jihadists say, the video gets removed. And WordPress doesn’t allow for embedding of Yahoo videos. Sheesh!)
Anyway, sanctions delistings due to death are not uncommon. The potential problem in lifting such sanctions is that it may result in unfreezing of assets that will return to the families of the designated terrorist. Depending on the political inclinations of the family, the unfrozen funds become available to funnel back into the fight against the infidel West.
The other tricky thing about deletions due to death is confirming whether the terrorist is actually dead or not. Terrorists have a natural incentive to stage their own death. Fortunately, Hassan’s associates videotaped his corpse to prove that he’s dead. Isn’t that what we’d all do?
I always take a digital camera to funerals so I can document just how dead my friends and relatives are. Then I like to publish the video online so that everybody, including sanctioning authorities, also know about the death. It’s all perfectly normal and raises no eyebrows.
It’s remarkable how quickly Treasury verified the death–presumably obtaining a copy of the the police report and death certificate from British authorities first–and delisted Hassan in only one month. That’s quicker than an average American can obtain a passport!