London (PRWEB) June 6, 2007
World-Check, the leading provider of structured intelligence on heightened risk individuals and entities, announced today, that it has once more identified and profiled two of the three individuals recently added to the U.S.A. OFAC List, as much as two years ahead of their inclusion.
Ahmad Muhammed HARUN, Sudan's State Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, accused of war crimes in Darfur by the International Criminal Court in the The Hague; Awad Ibn AUF, Sudan's head of Military Intelligence and Security and Khalil Ibrahim TAHA, leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a rebel group that refused to sign the Darfur Peace Agreement were the three individuals designated by OFAC on the 29th of May 2007.
As far back as April 2005, World-Check researchers had profiled HARUN for his reported role in liaising between the Sudanese Government and the Janjaweed militias and for providing them with logistical support and directing attacks, that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of people killed and more than 2.5 million people displaced since 2003. World-Check users would have been alerted to this individual well in advance, avoiding unnecessary financial and reputation risk.
A similar example of World-Check's remarkable investigative work is the case of rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim Mohamed Achar Foudail TAHA,, chairman of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), profiled in World Check in July 2004, almost three years ahead of the OFAC designation. JEM is responsible for rebel activity aimed at further destabilising the situation. US Treasury Secretary, Henry M Paulson Jr., emphasized Harun's and Taha's continued involvement in the "terrible atrocities in Darfur" and expressed the need to "…call attention to their horrific acts and further isolate them from the international community."
"Once again we are proud to have contributed to alerting the international World-Check community to individuals like these, " said David Leppan, CEO of World-Check, "It is very rewarding for us and very reassuring for our clients, to know that time after time, when it comes to identifying risk - we keep getting it right."
World-Check is relied upon by more than 2000 institutions, including 46 of the world's 50 largest financial institutions and hundreds of government agencies, with its global database of heightened-risk individuals and businesses. The database is updated daily in real-time by World-Check's international research team and is derived from hundreds of thousands of public sources. Coverage includes PEPs, money launderers, fraudsters, terrorists and sanctioned entities - plus individuals and businesses from over a dozen other high-risk categories. World-Check's proprietary database and tools have direct use in financial compliance, anti-money laundering (AML), Know-Your-Customer (KYC), Politically Exposed Person (PEP) screening, enhanced due diligence (EDD), fraud prevention, government intelligence and other identity authentication, background screening and risk-prevention practices. World-Check offers a downloadable database for the automated screening of an entire customer base, as well as a simple online service for quick customer screening.
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Media contact: Heather Thompson. email: hw @ world-check.com