4 Oct 2014

Banker who financed 9/11 mastermind now funding terrorists in Syria and Iraq

An al-Qaeda financier jailed for his role in funding the mastermind behind 9/11 is once again raising money for Islamist terrorists after being freed by the Qatari authorities, The Telegraph can disclose.
Khalifa Muhammad Turki al-Subaiy - a Qatari citizen who was said to have provided 'financial support' for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - was jailed for terrorist offences in 2008 but released after only six months.
He is now accused of funding Islamist terrorists fighting in Syria and Iraq.
New documents released by the US Treasury disclose links between Al-Subaiy and a terror financier accused of bankrolling an al-Qaeda offshoot that plotted to blow up airliners using toothpaste tube bombs.
The American military thwarted the plot in an air strike on the group’s headquarters in Syria just over a week ago. 
The case highlights growing concern over the apparent failure of Qatar, one of the richest nations in the world, to crack down on financial terrorist networks in the country.
Qatar has developed a close relationship with Britain in recent years, investing billions of pounds in the UK, including buying Harrods and building the Shard, the tallest building in Europe. The Gulf State has also secured in controversial circumstances the World Cup in 2022.
But prominent critics are now calling for greater scrutiny of Qatar’s connections to global terrorism with the threat of sanctions if it fails to tackle the problem.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the chair of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, has warned that Qatar “must choose their friends or live with the consequences” while Professor Anthony Glees, director of the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, said: “The time has come to draw the line under funding by the Gulf States coming into the UK. It is well known that to find the terrorists you have to follow the money and at the moment it seems to be coming from Qatar.”
A new report to be published next month by a US security think tank is understood to have identified 20 Qataris as senior terrorist financiers and facilitators. Ten of those Qataris are already designated as terrorists on official US and UN blacklists.
Among them is al-Subaiy, 49, a Qatari Central Bank employee, who was blacklisted as a terrorist fundraiser as long ago as 2008 but still appears to be heavily involved in a terror network.
According to the official US report issued in 2008, al-Subaiy was identified as “a Qatar-based terrorist financier and facilitator who has provided financial support to, and acted on behalf of, al-Qaeda senior leadership, including senior al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) prior to KSM’s capture in March 2003”.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has been named as the “principal architect of the 9/11 attacks” and is currently being held in Guantanamo Bay. He had lived freely in Qatar for a number of years in the 1990s despite being wanted even at that stage by the US for terror offences.
The US authorities also claim al-Subaiy provided “financial support to al-Qaeda senior leadership in Pakistan’s tribal region, and has also worked with senior al-Qaeda facilitators to move extremist recruits to al-Qaeda training camps in Pakistan. In addition, al-Subaiy has served as a diplomatic and communications conduit between al-Qaeda and third parties in the Middle East”.
Al-Subaiy was finally convicted in his absence in 2008 by a court in Bahrain “of financing terrorism, undergoing terrorism training and facilitating the travel others abroad to receive terrorist training, and for membership in a terrorist organization”. Two months later in March 2008, he was arrested in Qatar and jailed for those offences.

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