CIA accuses Saudi millionaires of Al-Qaeda Connections

Published November 26th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is distributing a list to international banking institutions of 12 leading Saudi businessmen who are allegedly channeling large sums of money to the Al-Qaeda Network. 


The Agency is now in the process of tracking down the Saudi funds, which are believed to have been transferred to accounts in Europe, Africa and Asia, reported ABC News. Mentioned on the list is Yassin Al-Kadi, a multi-millionaire involved in banking, diamonds and real estate.  


American officials informed the CIA that the names of the 12 suspects were released to the Saudi government nine months ago. It is believed that Al-Kadi and the other businessmen have commercial and personal ties to the Saudi royal family. However, spokesperson for the Saudi government Adel Al-Jubeir argues that the US Congress has not provided substantial enough evidence to make such allegations. 


For years, Saudi Arabia has been surrounded by rumours over the funneling of portions of its extensive oil wealth to Islamic terrorist groups. Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan and his wife are currently being questioned regarding the transfer of charity funds, which may have indirectly wound up with two of the September 11 hijackers. 


Saudi sources acknowledged that the couple provided approximately $130,000 in charitable donations over a four-year period. At least one of the Saudi checks was signed over to the wife of Osama Bassnan, to cover her medical expenses. 


A Saudi national living in California, Basnan is suspected of helping two men who later participated in the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington. — (

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