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UN removes Saudi dissident from blacklist
UN Security Council removes Saudi dissident from al-Qaida sanctions blacklist
By The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) The U.N. Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida has removed a London-based Saudi dissident from its blacklist.

The committee chairman, Germany's U.N. Ambassador Peter Wittig, said Monday that it de-listed Saad Rashed Mohammed Al-Faqih and the Movement for Reform in Arabia, which he leads.

Al-Faqih was removed after the committee failed to override a decision by the blacklist's ombudsman to remove him.



Al-Faqih, according to his website, was a professor of surgery at King Saud University in Riyadh until he was briefly jailed for opposition activities and left in 1993 for Britain.

Al-Faqih did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

U.S. State Department's spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that while the U.K. supported delisting Al-Faqih, the U.S. opposed it, and U.S. sanctions on him have been maintained.


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