The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control today placed the controversial Jamaican Muslim cleric, Abdullah Al-Faisal, on the country’s blacklist.
In a media statement, the US Treasury Department says Al-Faisal has been named as a Designated Global Terrorist.
He has been placed on that blacklist for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for the militant group, ISIS. Al-Faisal is now before the Jamaican court on an extradition warrant.
Al-Faisal’s designation on the US’s terror blacklist means all his property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.
US Treasury Director, John E. Smith says Al Faisal has recruited for and provided support to ISIS and his actions have influenced terrorists who engaged in bomb plots and other horrific attacks on innocent civilians.
The US Treasury named seven bomb attacks in which it says Al Faisal directly or indirectly influenced terrorists.
One of the most recent cases in November last year involved 18-year-old, Abdullah Razak Ali Artan.
Artan rammed his car into a group of pedestrians at Ohio State University during Thanksgiving weekend, then began stabbing people before police shot him dead.
The US Treasury says Al-Faisal’s influence dates as far back as 2001 with Richard Reid also known as the ‘shoe bomber’.
Reid is a British terrorist arrested as the prime suspect in an attempt to detonate explosives packed into the shoes he was wearing, while on an American Airlines Flight from Paris to Miami on December 22, 2001.
The US Treasury says the designation will help deter Al Faisal’s global following and prevent U.S. persons from supporting him in any manner.
Meanwhile, the controversial Muslim cleric is before the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court facing extradition proceedings.
On August 25 this year, the New York County District Attorney’s office unsealed an indictment charging Al Faisal with recruiting and providing support to those seeking to commit acts of violence and terrorism in connection with ISIS.
According to the New York Daily News, in September, Al Faisal was arrested in Jamaica after a sting operation over several months carried out by an undercover New York Police Department officer.
The officer reportedly communicated with Al Faisal by e-mail, text and video chat.
It says Al Faisal offered to help the officer travel to the Middle East and join fighters in ISIS.
The US Treasury says Al-Faisal used online applications and networks to facilitate the travel of others to join ISIS by providing them with contacts outside of the United States and advice on how to evade detection by law enforcement.
He also arranged marriages for the purpose of assisting couples to travel to ISIS-controlled territories.
The US Treasury says Al- Faisal is an ISIS-trusted individual who has vouched for those seeking to join the group.