A former Qatar University professor has resigned from his position as president of Geneva-based human rights group Alkarama after the US government declared him to be a “terrorist” this week.
Abdul Rahman Bin Umair Al Nuaimi, 59, was added to the US Treasury Department’s watch list on Wednesday for allegedly providing financial support to Al Qaeda, among other groups.
Speaking to the Financial Times from Istanbul, Al Nuaimi denied the charges leveled against him.
“He has decided to resign from the foundation to avoid any misinterpretation,” Alkarama’s executive director, Mourad Dhina, told FT. “We appreciate his move, which shows responsibility.”
In a statement, the US, which also named rights activist Abdul Wahab Mohammad Abdul Rahman Al Humaiqani of Yemen, said the Qatari this year ordered the transfer of nearly $600,000 to Al Qaeda via its representative in Syria.
It also charged that he oversaw the transfer of more than $2 million a month to Al Qaeda in Iraq for a period of time, and that he financed the Somali extremist group al-Shabab, in 2012, channeling funds to Yemen.
According to Dhina, the claims were politically motivated, because of Al Nuaimi’s stance against US intervention in the region.
Alkarama, which means dignity in Arabic, was established in 2004 to help people in region who risked torture, arbitrary detention or extra-judicial executions, its website states… see more