In Summary
  • According to the US government, Ms Ali, over the last two years, has received up to Sh15 million from various countries around the world.
  • In October last year, Ms Ali was one of the “Shabaab brides” who were acquitted by a Mombasa court after they were arrested enroute to Somalia.

The United States of America has listed a woman who has severally been linked to terrorism-related activities in Kenya as one of the seven individuals in the world who finance the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis).

Through its Treasury department, the US has slapped sanctions on 33-year-old Halima Adan Ali, whom it describes as “an Islamic State facilitator based in Kenya with establishments of financial facilitation network that operated in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Eastern Africa”.

With the active sanctions, US has blocked any property or financial interests she may be holding in the US directly or through any of its citizens.

“Halima Adan Ali (Halima) was designated for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to, or in support of, ISIS,” read a statement by the department.

MAIM OPERATIONS

According to the US government, Ms Ali, over the last two years, has received up to Sh15 million from various countries around the world.

It revealed that the money was sent through the Hawala system, a method of transferring money without any money actually moving.

Releasing the names, the US Treasury said that, by blocking all financial channels, Isis would be severely limited in its operations.

“Treasury is dedicated to ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS by cutting off all remaining sources of their terror funding around the globe,” Sigal Mandelker, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.

The Kenya police has in the past also linked Ms Ali to the facilitation and recruitment of people into Al-Shabaab.

However, Ms Ali’s lawyer, Chacha Mwita, challenged the US to justify its claims that his client is a terrorism financier.

STALLED CASE

Speaking to the Nation on phone, Mr Mwita termed the reports as “baseless allegations”, adding, “those people only want to make us busy”.

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