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Sri Lanka Gemstone Company links with funding Al-Qaeda revealed.

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A Sri Lankan gemstone company that was key to sanctioned terrorist facilitator Ahmed Luqman Talib’s revenue generation in support of Al-Qaeda, continued doing business after Talib was sanctioned and arrested, a research and data analytics company said.

Talib and a gemstone business that he owned in Australia were sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in October 2020, an action followed by his arrest by Australian police in 2021 and the designation of two of his relatives and business associates more recently by the U.S. government in November 2022

A gemstone trading company based in Sri Lanka, was a key partner in Talib’s revenue generation to support Al-Qaeda, an elite research and data analytics company, Kharon, said.

The trading company shares an address in the south-west coast of Sri Lanka with Mohammed Haris Nizar, who is one of Talib’s relatives and business partners most recently sanctioned by the U.S. government on November 9.

In the fall of 2020, the gemstone trading company based in Sri Lanka shipped precious stones worth more than USD 100,000 to Talib and Sons Pty Ltd, the Australian gemstone company owned by Talib that was sanctioned in 2020, according to trade data reviewed by Kharon.

Talib’s and Nizar’s business dealings in Sri Lanka have generated nearly $200,000 per year in profit since 2018, and the majority of Talib’s income was derived from one-third of those proceeds, according to the Treasury.

Right Gems continued to ship products to customers in 2021 after Ahmed Talib and his company were sanctioned by the U.S. government.

The international trail of Talib’s Al-Qaeda facilitation network extends into South America. Al-Qaeda facilitator Ahmed Talib was also a managing partner of the Brazil-based company Ottoman Trade Caravan Importacao e Exportacao Ltda. in 2020, according to corporate data.

Another manager of Ottoman Trade Caravan is Kais Altabbaa, who simultaneously worked for Brazilian jewelry business Aisha Stones, which shares an address and telephone numbers with Ottoman Trade Caravan.

Altabbaa himself sold and shipped repeated small amounts of rough gemstones to Right Gems in December 2020, according to trade data reviewed by Kharon.

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