Link between British suspect and 9/11 conspirator explored

From the Times Online 

German authorities are investigating contacts between a Briton being questioned over the alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airlines and a key figure in the September 11, 2001, terrorist cell.

Intelligence sources said that, at Britain’s request, they were examining possible links between the suspect and Said Bahaji, the computer expert in the Hamburg cell that planned the suicide hijackings in 2001.

Bahaji shared an apartment in Hamburg with Mohamed Atta, the lead hijacker, and Ramzi Binalshibh, the planner of 9/11. He fled Germany for Pakistan a week before the attacks in New York and Washington and has never been caught.

Islamic Charities tied to the Plot as well… I am sure that this is a shocker!!

The global financing of the alleged airline plot is also assuming increasing significance as investigators piece together the mechanics of the operation.

The Charity Commission, the Government’s charity watchdog, said that it was treating allegations that money raised to help victims of the Kashmir earthquake had been diverted to terror cells as “an immediate priority”.

The commission said that it would look into the activities of Crescent Relief, a registered charity based in Ilford, East London, which was involved in the relief effort last year.

One of its founding trustees was Abdul Rauf, the father of Rashid Rauf, 25, who is being held in Pakistan and named as a “key suspect” in the ongoing inquiry.

Rashid Rauf left Britain for Pakistan after the murder of his uncle, Mohammed Saeed, 54, who was stabbed to death in Birmingham in April 2002. No one has been convicted of the murder.

Another of Mr Rauf’s sons, Tayib, 21, is being questioned by the anti-terrorist squad in London after being arrested in Birmingham last week.

You just have to wonder how much of the money that went to charities responding to the Pakistani Earthquake, or the Tsunami relief wound up in the hands of terrorists.  

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