Sept. 11’s ’20th hijacker’ claims members of Saudi royal family backed al-Qaida

Yahoo News – By Dylan Stableford – Feb 4, 2015

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Photo: Zacarias Moussaoui, an inmate at a Colorado prison, is shown in this undated police photograph. A former al Qaeda operative imprisoned for life for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has told lawyers for victims of the attacks that members of the Saudi royal family supported the Islamic militant group.Zacarias Moussaoui made the statements in testimony filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday by lawyers for attack victims who accuse Saudi Arabia in a suit of providing material support to al Qaeda. REUTERS/Sherburne County Sheriffs Office/Handout/files

Zacarias Moussaoui, a former al-Qaida operative sometimes referred to as the “20th hijacker” involved in the 9/11 attacks, claims that members of the Saudi royal family supported the terrorist organization.

In sworn testimony given last October from a Colorado federal prison where he is serving a life sentence, Moussaoui alleged that in the late 1990s he was directed by Osama bin Laden to create a digital database of al-Qaida’s donors.

“Sheikh Osama wanted to keep a record who give money … who is to be listened to or who contributed to the jihad,” Moussaoui said, according to a transcript of the deposition filed in federal court in New York on Monday and published Wednesday by the New York Times.

Among them: Prince Turki Al-Faisal, then the Saudi intelligence chief; Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the longtime Saudi ambassador to the United States; and Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, a prominent billionaire investor.

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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal looks on during a press conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier (unseen) in Jeddah, on October 13, 2014 (AFP Photo/)

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In this Wednesday, June 4, 2008 file photo, Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan is seen at his palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Press Agency said June 30, 2014, that King Abdullah named the former intelligence chief, Bandar bin Sultan, as adviser and special envoy to the king. Bandar was ambassador to the U.S. for 22 years before becoming director general of Saudi Intelligence Agency in July 2012. He played a key role in overseeing the kingdom’s support for Syrian rebels before being relieved of his post earlier this year. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
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Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Company has reduced its stake in News Corp from 6.6 percent to just over 1 percent (AFP Photo/Fayez Nureldine)

Moussaoui — a French national who was detained in Minnesota weeks before 9/11 and pleaded guilty to six terror-related charges in 2005 — also alleged that he once delivered letters from bin Laden to King Abdullah’s brother, Prince Salman, and other members of the Saudi royal family. Abdullah died last month, and Salman was installed as king.

In a statement, the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington dismissed Moussaoui’s allegations.

“There is no evidence to support Moussaoui’s claim. The Sept. 11 attack has been the most intensely investigated crime in history, and the findings show no involvement by the Saudi government or Saudi officials,” the statement read. “Moussaoui is a deranged criminal whose own lawyers presented evidence that he was mentally incompetent. His words have no credibility. [Moussaoui’s] goal in making these statements only serves to get attention for himself and try to do what he could not do through acts of terrorism — to undermine Saudi-U.S. relations.”

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