How al Qaeda easily infiltrated diamond trading
networks, taking advantage of illicit trading structures, weak government
and trade regulations, organised criminal networks and politically corrupt
regimes to raise funds for al Qaeda operatives and to launder significant
sums of money.
Owing to the size of this report Global Witness have divided it into two sections.
pages 1-50 presents an overview of Al Qaeda and its history and also looks at the precedent set by other terrorist organisations in funding their operations from diamonds.
pages 50-96 presents detailed and original evidence gathered from Global Witness investigations showing how Al Qaeda systematically moved into diamond trading in a coordinated and planned effort to launder and move funds.
Report / April 17, 2003