International Sanctions Expert Opines on State Funding of Militia Group

Terrorism Expert WitnessThis is a case brought by Canadian citizens, against a number of international banks who supported a Southeast Asian nation that was under united nations sanctions. It is alleged that these banks evaded these economic sanctions, conducted illicit trade-finance transactions, and disguised financial payments to and from accounts in order to finance terrorist groups and their use of a particular kind of explosive. In order to determine the extent and nature of these alleged transactions, as well as the amount of support that these banks were providing to the sanctioned nation, an expert in international terrorism finance was requested.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Please briefly describe your knowledge and experience with anti-terrorism and the various terrorist cells as well as your familiarity with how they are funded by governments.
  • 2. Can you speak to anti-terrorism sanctions and the enforcement of these sanctions?

Expert Witness Response E-120778

I have more than 25 years of experience working on anti-corruption, transnational organized crime, money laundering, threat financing, and conflict stabilization. I have published on global crime and terrorism financing. I can assist the attorneys in connecting the attacks and bombings to the banks’ actions. That this case involves these explosives alone demonstrates that there is a government connection. I can work backward from the events and help determine with a level of certainty which militias used the explosives and how they were financed. I am knowledgeable of the traditional financing methods that are used to support militias and how sanctions are evaded. I have had many interactions with anti-terrorism financing regimes.


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