In the international search for justice, never underestimate the power of greed.
Or so goes the thinking, translated somewhat, of the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program. On Tuesday, the department announced rewards totaling up to $45 million for information leading to the locations of eight key leaders of the Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist organization.
According to the press release:
“The Department has authorized rewards of up to $10 million for information leading to the location of Nasir al-Wahishi and up to $5 million each for information leading to the locations of Qasim al-Rimi, Othman al-Ghamdi, Ibrahim Hassan Tali al-Asiri, Shawki Ali Ahmed Al-Badani, Jalal Bala’idi, Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, and Ibrahim al-Banna.”
Administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the Rewards for Justice program was first authorized by Congress in 1984. Since its establishment, the program has paid more than $125 million to over 80 people who provided “actionable information that put terrorists behind bars or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide,” according to the department.