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04THEHAGUE1038 2004-04-23 16:29:00 SECRET Embassy The Hague
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TERRORIST FINANCE: DUTCH RESPONSE TO

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					  S E C R E T THE HAGUE 001038 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EB/ESC/TFS(GLASS), S/CT(NAVRATIL,
NEA/ARP(HEFFERNAN), EUR/ERA, EUR/UBI, IO/PHO(PEREZ)
TREASURY FOR ZARATE AND OFAC/NEWCOMB
JUSTICE FOR OIA/FRIEDMAN
NSC FOR PETERS
BRUSSELS ALSO FOR LEGATT

E.O. 12958: DNG: CO 04/15/2015
TAGS: ETTC PTER NL EUN
SUBJECT: TERRORIST FINANCE: DUTCH RESPONSE TO
PRENOTIFICATION OF ADDITIONAL HARAMAIN DESIGNATIONS

REF: A. STATE 89240


B. THE HAGUE 834

C. STATE 71982

D. THE HAGUE 771

E. STATE 62199

Classified By: Economic Counselor Richard Huff. Reasons 1.5 (d)



1. (S) Summary: The Netherlands confirms that it supports
designation of the additional Al Haramain branches and will
take complementary national action to ensure effective action
in the interim period between the U.S. designation and its
incorporation into EU regulations. However, the GONL has
proposed revisions (detailed below) to our SOC. The Dutch
have not yet decided to designate the mosque closely
associated with the Amsterdam Al Haramain branch but may take
action against it for inciting violence against homosexuals
and women. End Summary.



2. (S) After holding (4/23) interagency consultations, the
GONL has asked that the USG revise the draft Statement of the
Case regarding designation of additional Al-Haramain branch
offices (delivered by post to through Dutch Finance and
Foreign Ministries on (4/23). Dutch officials believe the
U.S. draft sentence reading "Since 2001, Dutch officials have
noted indications that the Al-Haramain branch in the
Netherlands supported violence" overstates the available
evidence to and public statements of Dutch officials on this
matter. The Dutch have proposed that the sentence be
reworded to read "Since 2001, Dutch officials have confirmed
that the Al Haramain Hunanitarian Aid Foundation located in
Amsterdam is part of the larger Al Haramain network and that
Al Aqil is the chairman of this foundation's board of
directors." The propose deleting the following sentence
(begins with "Al Aqil is a board member..." in the U.S. draft
text) as the fact that Al Aqil is a board member is now
captured in the sentence before and while Dutch officials
have noted possible connections between Al Aqil and the
Bosnian branches of Al Haramain and BIF, they have not
acknowledged connections between the Dutch Al Haramain branch
per se and these other entities.



3. (S) Dutch officials confirmed that the GONL will follow up
the U.S. designation of the additional Haramain branches
with immediate complementary national action -- at first by
working informally with banks to ensure any possible
transactions are made impossible through administrative and
technical difficulties and then through invocation of their
national sanctions law. They do not expect to capture
significant, if any, funds as a result of the designation as
the Dutch chapter has been relatively inactive.



4. (S) The Dutch have not yet decided to designate the
Al-Tawheed mosque/foundation which is closely associated and
colocated with the Dutch Al Haramain chapter. It is unclear
whether the institutional linkages between the two
organizations provide a sufficient basis for designation.
However, Dutch authorities may (partly as a result of
pressure from members of parliament and the Amsterdam city
council) take legal action against the mosque and/or its
board of directors on the grounds that the mosque incites
violence by selling literature calling for the murder of
homosexuals, beating of "disobedient" wives, and female
genital mutilation.



5. (S/NF) Dutch officials also asked why the U.S. is
designating only the foreign branches of Haramain and not the
Saudi branches/headquerters. Any information Washington
agencies could provide in that regard would be greatly
appreciated.
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