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Olympic terror plan suspect sanctioned

THE United States imposed financial sanctions yesterday on an alleged terror leader accused of trying to carry out attacks at last year's Olympic Games in China.

The Treasury Department's target was Abdul Haq, head of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party.

The action means that any bank accounts or other financial assets found in the United States belonging to him must be frozen. Americans also are barred from doing business with Haq, who is Chinese.

"Abdul Haq commands a terror group that sought to sow violence and fracture international unity at the 2008 Olympic Games in China," said Stuart Levey, who is the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

The US already has branded the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party, or ETIP, a terrorist group and said it has helped to support the terror organization al-Qaida.

The Treasury Department alleged that in early 2008 Haq directed ETIP's military commander to attack several Chinese cities, focusing on those that were scheduled to hold Olympic events.

"Under Haq, trained terrorists planned to sabotage the Olympic Games by conducting terrorist attacks within China before the Olympics began," the Treasury Department said.

The department also alleged that Haq "raised funds, recruited new members and further developed the terrorist organization."


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