Germans Probe Saudi for Links to Terrorists

(Wall Street Journal) German prosecutors are investigating possible links between convicted and suspected terrorists and a Saudi diplomat recalled from Berlin last month. The investigators became interested in Mohammad J. Fakihi, director of the Islamic affairs department of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Berlin, after his business card was found in possession of a Hamburg student, Mounir el Motassadeq, convicted of supporting the September 2001 attacks on the U.S. Investigators are also examining the funding connections of Berlin's al-Nur mosque, frequented by el Motassadeq and other Islamic radicals, to the al-Haramain Foundation in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. A senior German intelligence official said that Fakihi, the Saudi diplomat, met regularly with known Islamic extremists.

2003-04-22 00:00:00

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