London (PRWEB) January 7, 2009
Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a Pakistan-based charity profiled on World-Check's risk intelligence database since 2001, has been declared a front group for the terrorist organization blamed in the November attacks on Mumbai. On 10 December 2008 a United Nations Security Council panel declared the charity a front for the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, thus rendering the charity subject to U.N. sanctions on terrorist organizations.
Profiling charities and associated risk years ahead of official sanctions underscores World-Check's valuable coverage of broad support structures as explained in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) terrorism financing typologies report of February 2008. According to FATF, terror networks often use compromised or complicit charities and businesses to support their objectives, and the abuse of non-profit organizations for the financing of terrorism has long been established as a crucial weak point in the global struggle to combat this funding at its source.
"By alerting clients to the associated risks posed by certain charity groups that seek to provide a veil of legitimacy over terrorist activities, World-Check serves as a potent tool in line with FATF's 40 + 9 Recommendations for countering the financing of terrorism" said John Solomon, World-Check's Head of Terrorism Research.
The U.N also designated four suspected plotters of the Mumbai attack as terrorists subject to sanctions. All four individuals were profiled on World-Check between seven months and seven years ago. The individuals include Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, allegedly Lashkar's operations chief, who has been profiled on World-Check since May 2002; Muhammad Saeed, the group's leader, who was profiled in January 2002; and Haji Muhammad Ashraf and Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq, both profiled in May 2008.
World-Check provides its global database of heightened-risk individuals and businesses to more than 3000 institutions in 162 countries, including 47 of the world's 50 largest banks and hundreds of government agencies. World-Check's database of known money launderers, terrorists, narcotics traffickers, shell banks and sanctioned entities among others is unparalleled in its depth, reliability and coverage. The risk-relevance of its Politically Exposed Person (PEP) coverage is also unsurpassed. World-Check's database is relied upon by institutions to enhance their Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) screening, Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD), fraud prevention and Counter Terrorist Financing (CFT) systems by efficiently screening customers, transactions and employees for potential risk. World-Check's intelligence also finds direct application in PEP risk screening processes. World-Check offers a downloadable data file for the automated screening of unlimited records, as well as a simple online service for instant entity screening. For more information please visit http://www.world-check.com
TIRU is made up of open source intelligence specialists from around the world that monitor global terrorism and insurgency. The unit collects publicly available information from governments, non-governmental organizations, academia and global media including 'grey literature' in multiple languages including: Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, Tajik, Russian, Farsi, Tamil, Turkish, Korean, Chinese and Bahasa, amongst others. Its target and network-centric approach to research highlights risk, identification and funding information. TIRU is strategically placed around the globe to give World-Check clients around the clock terrorism coverage.