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Details Emerging re 9-11 Saudi Money Trail

Sunday, 24 November 2002 12:00 AM

About two months after al-Bayoumi began his relationship with Alhazmi and Midhar, Newsweek reports that al-Bayoumi’s wife began receiving cashier’s checks, purchased from Washington, D.C.’ s Riggs Bank by Princess Haifa bint Faisal, the daughter of the late King Faisal and wife of Prince Bandar, the Saudi envoy.

The checks from the well-known Washington figure and friend of the Bush family were reportedly sent to Majeda Ibrahin Dweikat, a woman who then signed over many of them to al-Bayoumi’s wife, who in turn, gave portions of the funds to her husband.

However, the dispensing of largesse from the office of the envoy to needy Saudis who ask for assistance is a relative common practice, a spokesperson for Princess Haifa told Newsweek. Furthermore, said the spokesperson, the princess had no special information the money was going to the al-Bayoumi family.

For his part, Osama Bassnan asked the Saudi Embassy for aid in 1998, representing that he needed the funds to treat his wife’s thyroid condition. At that time, Prince Bandar reported wrote Basnan a $15,000 check.

Also, according to the Newsweek report, Bassnan met with a Saudi prince involved with intelligence matters and known to bring suitcases full of cash into the United States.

According to the Newseek report, administration officials confirmed that money had indeed traveled from Princess Haifa’s account ultimately to al-Bayoumi. However, the officials maintained they were not aware of the purpose of the payments or if Saudi officials were aware of the apparently informal pipeline.

The F.B.I., which is still probing al-Bayoumi’s role, if any, in 9-11, has discovered phone records of his calls to diplomats in the Saudi Embassy. According to Newsweek, embassy officials offered benign explanations for the calls to the F.B.I. investigators.

For his part, al-Bayoumi, who was detained and questioned briefly in the United Kingdom before disappearing, has denied any connection to the attacks or knowledge of the hijackers’ links to Al Qaeda, according to the report. Al-Bayoumi maintained that his meeting with the hijacker pair at San Diego’s International airport was merely a chance meeting, and the aid he offered was simply customary l charity.

In another twist to the developing story, al-Balvoumi reportedly worked for Dallah Avco, an aviation-services company with connections to the Saudi Ministry of Defense and Aviation, headed by Prince Sultan, the father of the Saudi ambassador, Prince Bandar.

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