- Chairman of the bin Laden-established Al Shamal Islamic Bank
- Founder of the Benevolence International Foundation
- Secretary-General of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth
Born in Saudi Arabia in 1970, Adel bin Abdul-Jalil Batterjee was the brother-in-law of the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Batterjee was also the last known chairman of the Al Shamal Islamic Bank, a Muslim financial institution (in Sudan) that was originally established to fund jihadi fighters around the globe.
In 1987 Batterjee founded Lajnatt Al-Birr Al-Islamiah (Islamic Benevolence Committee), a charity front supporting the Islamic mujahedin who were fighting Soviet forces in Afghanistan. The following year, Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law Mohammed Jamal Khalifa created the Benevolence International Corporation, an import-export company in the Philippines, to support Islamic militants there. In 1992, these two groups merged to form a new Saudi charity called the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF), whose mission was to make “Islam supreme on this earth.”
In 1991, Batterjee, writing under a pseudonym, published a book in Arabic titled The Arab Volunteers in Afghanistan. Avcording to the 9/11 Commission, this book offered “a particularly useful insight into the evolution of al Qaeda.”
In 1992, Batterjee aided Saudi soldiers who had been wounded in the Bosnian war by providing them with air transportation to medical facilities where they could receive treatment free-of-charge.
In May 1993 the Saudi Arabian government closed down BIF because of its ties to al Qaeda, and Saudi police temporarily detained Batterjee.
In March 2002, U.S. and Bosnian agents raided BIF’s office in Sarajevo, where they found what they described as a “treasure trove” of documents linking that organization to al Qaeda. Among these documents was a file naming 20 individuals whom al Qaeda lauded as the “Golden Chain” of wealthy donors to mujahedin efforts. Because Batterjee was named in this list, in 2003 he was also named as a defendant in a class-action lawsuit initiated by the families of victims who had perished in the 9/11 attacks.
In 2004 the United States officially designated Batterjee as a terrorist financier. In December of that year, the UN 1267 Committee (a.k.a. the United Nations Security Council Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee) placed him under a worldwide travel ban, financial embargo, and weapons embargo. Nine years later—on January 14, 2013—the Committee lifted those sanctions.
Today Batterjee lives in Saudi Arabia.