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phoebe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:49 PM
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4. more from 2002
Edited on Thu Jul-21-05 02:03 PM by phoebe
New Saudi ambassador summonsed over Sept 11
By David Wastell, Diplomatic Correspondent
(Filed: 01/12/2002)


An American court has issued a summons against the next Saudi Ambassador to Britain alleging that in his previous job he helped to fund Afghanistan's Taliban regime while it was sheltering Osama bin Laden, lawyers said yesterday.


Last week Prince Turki came to the defence of his sister, Princess Haifa al-Faisal, the wife of Prince Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, after allegations that some of the 33,000 she gave to the wife of another Saudi to help with medical bills ended up indirectly financing al-Qa'eda terrorists.

She said that "accusations that I contributed funds to terrorists areoutrageous and completely irresponsible".

In an interview with CNN in Saudi Arabia, Prince Turki refused to discuss the lawsuit but denied that members of the Saudi royal family would knowingly give money to al-Qa'eda. "al-Qa'eda is targeting the kingdom . al-Qa'eda has done terrorist operations in the kingdom.

"They are declared enemies of the kingdom. No one in their right mind would contribute to that." why would * want him in Washington we ask ourselves???

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