Rewards for Justice: RFJ Reward Offer for Wali Ur Rehman

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Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 30, 2013

Question: Is Wali ur-Rehman on the Rewards for Justice list? Would the individual who provided information that led to his demise be eligible for an RFJ reward payment? In summary, how does the rewards program work? Are payouts or claims kept confidential?


  • The Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the location of Wali Ur Rehman.
  • We cannot confirm the death of Wali Ur Rehman.
  • In general, anyone who provides reliable and actionable information that helps prevent or favorably resolve acts of international terrorism against the U.S. anywhere in the world potentially may be eligible for an RFJ reward. In addition, anyone who provides information that leads to the identification or location of a key leader in an international terrorist organization may be eligible for a reward. Rewards may also be paid for information about an individual or organization that is trafficking drugs to finance acts of international terrorism or to raise money to sustain or support a terrorist organization.
  • Eligible individuals would first have to be nominated by a U.S. investigating agency, such as the Department of Defense, the FBI, or a U.S. embassy. RFJ’s Interagency Rewards Committee then carefully evaluates the information. If the committee believes an individual is eligible for a reward, it recommends that the Secretary of State approve a reward. The Secretary of State has complete discretion over whether or not to authorize a given reward, and can change the amount of the reward, within the terms of the law.
  • Under the law that governs the program, U.S., state, local, and foreign government employees are not eligible for a reward if they provide information obtained in the performance of their official duties.
  • Since its inception, the Rewards for Justice program has paid more than $100 million to more than 70 people who provided information that prevented international terrorist attacks or helped bring to justice those involved in such acts.
  • For reasons of security and confidentiality, we do not publicly disclose detailed information about RFJ reward payments.

PRN: 2013/0650