|03KUWAIT1083||2003-03-26 06:16:00||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy Kuwait|
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1. (C) Ambassador met with Kuwaiti Central Bank (CBK)
Governor Shaykh Salem AbdulAziz Al-Sabah on March 23 to
review the status of freeze actions by the Central Bank
against accounts of the Lajnat Al-Daawa Al-Islamiyya (LDI).
The Governor confirmed local press reports that KD 1.4
million (nearly USD 4.6 million) had been seized, but said
that represented only accounts in one institution. He said
the CBK was still compiling the details of accounts in other
financial institutions under CBK control to arrive at a final
amount. Ambassador pressed the Governor to provide as many
details about the accounts as possible, explaining that such
information could prove invaluable to US and other
investigators in "follow-the-money" type investigations
relating to the financing of terrorism.
2. (C) On March 24, Ambassador also raised the LDI freeze
issue with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shaykh Dr.
Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, expressing appreciation for
GOK steps to block the accounts. Per ref (B), the Ambassador
also presented the MinState with a non-paper requesting
additional information on the frozen accounts. Shaykh Dr.
Mohammad said he would see what could be done to provide the
requested information, but noted that LDI had a U.S. auditor
(Baker and McKenzie) that should already have access to such