Hasan Čengić

Name: HasanSurname: ČengićAKA:
Date of birth: Aug. 30, 1957Place of birth: Odžak, Foča, BiHNationality: BosniakAddress: Brćanska 1, Sarajevo, BiH
Spouse: Fahira Fejzić - ČengićChildren: 3Interests: Politics
Alleged Illegal Activities: Source: Court documents, police records, German intelligence files, U.S. intelligence estimates, Bosnian federal police, CIA record, United Nations investigative records.
Additional Information:Accused -- but never convicted -- of being involved in international terrorism, weapons smuggling, tobacco smuggling, money laundering, tax evasion and fraud.
There’s no disputing Hasan Cengic’s place in the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where to many he remains a hero. With Muslims under siege and a weapons embargo keeping them from defending themselves, Cengic used his worldwide contacts to set up a pipeline that smuggled weapons, money and humanitarian aid, mainly with financial help from Saudi Arabia. But those same contacts and smuggling networks have made him a target of international investigators, who say he was involved in smuggling after the war and funneled money and weapons to terrorist causes.
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Countries of Residence
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Countries Used as "Safe Heaven"
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Countries Operating In
Bosnia and Herzegovina


Persons with some association whether legally or personally with the party
First NameSurnameAKAConnectionDate of BirthDescriptionSource
BakirIzetbegovićFriendJun. 28, 1956
SenadŠahinpašićŠajaFriendOct. 26, 1956


TypeCharging BodyChargeDateDescriptionSource
ConvictionGovernment of former YugoslaviaMilitant activities for his support of Muslim authority in for the former communist country. 1983He was convicted of charges that consisted mainly of supporting his religion and beliefs in defiance of the Communist regime. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but served less than half. Bosnian court records.


NameType of OwnershipPercentage OwnershipOther OwnersDescriptionAnnual IncomeSource
Foundation to help the Muslims of BosniaThrough Connected Person or CompanyDirector of the Sarajevo-based charity that prosecutors say is linked to the Trans World Relief Agency, a Vienna-based entity prosecutors said financed terrorism and associated with Al Queda.None. Cengic is a founder and serves as a director to the non-profit.Court and business records.
Bosnian Investment OrganizationThrough Connected Person or CompanyFoundation to Help the Muslims of BosniaA conglomerate involved in oil, air transportation and a variety of other businesses. It was formed when the Trans World Relief Agency donated $4.7 million worth of vehicles to the Foundation to Help the Muslims of Bosnia. That donation was shifted to BIO under Cengic controlUnknown.Bosnia court and business records.
Bosnaplod SarajevoThrough Connected Person or CompanyBosnian investment organization (BIO)
Velepromet-transport VisokoThrough Connected Person or CompanyBosnian Transport servis, Bosnian investment organization
Bosnian transport servisThrough Connected Person or CompanyBosnian investment organization
Aiport VisokoThrough Connected Person or CompanyFoundation to help the Muslims of Bosnia, Bosnia investment organization

Legal Income

OriginAmountTime FrameDescriptionSource

Illegal Income

OriginAmountTime FrameDescriptionSource

Donations & Charity

OrganizationAmountTime FrameDescriptionSource
Foundation to help the Muslims of BosniaAt least $4.7 million1992 - 1996Cengic controlled accounts worth at least $2.5 billion as a director of the Trans World Relief Agency and sent millions to Bosnian foundations. TWRA was funded primarily Saudi money and used to help fight the war in Bosnian. TWRA was considered by the US to be a terrorism organization and it had close ties to the radicals who did the first World Trade Center bombings. German intelligence audit, business records.

Real Assets

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Links & Connections

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