FID forfeits cash from el-Faisal

Latest News

FID forfeits cash from el-Faisal

Friday, August 07, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Financial Investigations Division (FID) of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service was successful today in forfeiting cash in the amount of $524,000 and £1,850 from Abdullah el-Faisal in the St Catherine Parish Court.

The money was seized by the police in 2017 under Jamaica's Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) during el-Faisal's arrest. This followed a search of his home address in furtherance of an extradition warrant on behalf of the US Government, which alleges his involvement in terrorism offences.

Investigations were conducted by the FID in relation to the origin and intended use of the cash and an application for its forfeiture was made to the court. The matter was contested, a trial held, and the money was ordered to be forfeited to the Crown.

The ministry noted that this follows on the heels of the recent Court of Appeal judgement which upheld the application for el-Faisal to be extradited to the United States to stand trial.

Chief Technical Director of the FID, Selvin Hay, said, “This forfeiture highlights the commitment of FID and its partners, in this instance the Jamaica Constabulary Force, to robustly apply the Proceeds of Crime Legislation where appropriate in conjunction with any investigation being conducted. The majority of criminal and indeed civil investigations being conducted across Jamaica inevitably involve profit, and this profit can and will be taken from those persons who are concerned in any way.”

“The public needs to understand that there are a large number of offences committed under POCA, not just by the person initially committing crime, but by any person who knowingly assists either before, during or after the fact and FID and wider law enforcement will leave no stone unturned in the effort to deter persons from committing and profiting from crime,” Hay continued.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon