WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday froze assets of al-Qaida finance chief Muhammad Abdallah Hasan Abu-al-Khayr, terror mastermind Osama bin Laden's son in law.
In a statement, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey called al-Khayr a "key leader of the terrorist organization's finance section." The department froze any assets al-Khayr has under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibited U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with him. The United Nations took similar action against him on the same day.
Al-Khayr appears on a 2009 list of 85 persons wanted by the government of Saudi Arabia, in part because of his role as an al- Qaida financial facilitator.
According to the Treasury, al-Khayr has transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars for a specific terrorist attack against U.S. interests. Al-Khayr also acts for al-Qaida in a leadership role on the media committee, and has on at least one occasion recruited a member for al-Qaida. His relationship with al-Qaida began with military training the terrorist group provided him in the mid- 1990s.
Apart from a son-in-law of bin Laden, al-Khayr has also provided services to bin Laden as a bodyguard.
"After the death in May of Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, who essentially served as al-Qaida's chief financial officer, we will continue to work with our allies to target those like al-Khayr who could step into al-Yazid's shoes," Levey said, saying the designation of al-Khayr will help to ensure al-Qaida "remains in severe financial straits."
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