Finally the HM Treasury Asset Freezing Unit has revoked the Financial Sanctions and the Asset Freezing against three individuals who were on their Consolidated List (which used to be run by the Bank of England).
This list is automatically fed into the vast array of expensive and mostly useless Government imposed bureaucratic red tape Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering Terrorist Finance (CTF) software and procedures, which have added to the cost and inconvenience of banking and other financial services, without actually catching any terrorists, or even seizing large amounts of money used to finance them.
- Mohammed Asif Hanif - one of the first of the recent British suicide bombers who died in an bomb attack on a bar in Tel Aviv on the 30 April 2003
- Omar Khan Sharif - accomplice who failed to blow himself up with Hanif, but whose body was found in the sea two weeks later. His family back home in the UK were subjected to forced genetic fingerprinting and to two trials under the Terrorism Act 2000 section 38b claiming that they somehow knew beforehand of his intentions or details of his terrorist attack (in Israel, a foreign country, not in the UK) , even though they were in the UK, and he had been on "holiday" in the Middle East. - see - BBC2 9pm - Britain's First Suicide Bombers - but why are they still on the official Bank of England Financial Sanctions list ?
- Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi - former leader of Hama, killed by an Israeli missile 17th April 2004
However since the bureaucracy of the European Union is even slower than that of the United Nations, whilst revoking the Financial Sanctions under the United nations Order, these other two dead terrorists still have their (non-existent in the UK) assets frozen under the European Council sanctions list:
- Imad Fa'iz Mughniyah - a top Hizballah terrorist killed by a car bomb in Damascus on 13th February 2008
- Shamil Basayev- killed on July 10th 2006, the Chechen separatist terrorist who claimed to have ordered the Beslan school siege.
The fact that these people have actually been dead for months or several years, has, not, up till now, been seen as polluting the Consolidated List with excessive and erroneous data, by the anti-terrorist finance bureaucracy.