U.S. Classifies Canadian Citizen as “Specially Designated Global Terrorist”

22 July 2006: Pursuant to Executive Order 13224, the Bush administration on Thursday named a Canadian citizen with high-level ties to al Qaeda, Abu Sufian Al-Salamabi Muhammed Ahmed `Abd Al-Razziq, more commonly known as Abousofian ABDELRAZIK, 44, as a “specially designated global terrorist” and launched action to seize his U.S. financial assets.

ABDELRAZIK, who also holds dual Canadian and Sudanese citizenship, “is known to have been a member of an extremist cell in Montreal” and had close associations with Ahmed RESSAM, the convicted millennium bomber, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a press release dated July 20, 2006.

“According to information available to the United States government, (Abdelrazik) has provided administrative and logistical support to al Qaeda,” the Treasury statement said.

“He has been identified as being close to Abu ZUBAYDA, a former high-ranking member of the al-Qaeda network, involved in recruitment and training.”

Abdelrazik disappeared shortly after appearing in videotape deposition from Montreal in 2005. He was a witness in Ressam’s trial, who was charged with plotting to blow up the Los Angeles International Airport during millennium celebrations on New Year’s Eve 1999. His plot was ultimately foiled by an astute U.S. Border Patrol Officer, Diana Dean, on December 14, 1999. Investigation and interrogation of RESSAM revealed that operatives were also inside the U.S. awaiting his entry from Canada. RESSAM was a member of a large, Montreal based terrorist network inside Canada and the U.S. The network had financial and operational ties Islamic terrorist groups throughout Europe.

According to a recent Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) report, French judicial documents identify him as an “important Islamist activist of the international jihad.” He is also identified as a close associate of Odil CHARKOUI, an immigrant from Morocco who was arrested on a federal security certificate in 2003 and is now facing deportation from Canada.

“Treasury continues to take action against al Qaeda and its support network,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Daniel Glaser. “(ABDELRAZIK) has been closely tied to senior al Qaeda leadership. We are taking steps to inhibit his ability to harm the United States and our allies.”

ABDELRAZIK’S designation as a global terrorist enables the U.S. government to seize any of his assets and prohibit any financial transactions with a U.S. national.