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UK adds Qatari financier to terror sanctions list

October 19, 2014 GMT

LONDON (AP) — The British government has banned a Qatari financier it accuses of funding al-Qaida from doing business in the U.K.

The Treasury says Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi has been added to a financial sanctions list. The move means British banks are barred from dealing with him and are required to freeze his assets.

The British move comes 10 months after U.S. authorities added al-Nuayami to a list of “Specially Designated Global Terrorists” and accused him of providing financial support to groups including al-Qaida and Somalia-based al Shabaab. The U.S. Treasury said that for a time he was transferring more than $2 million a month to al-Qaida in Iraq.

The British Treasury notice naming al-Nuaymi was dated Friday. It was reported by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.