UK car tycoon is accused of funding Osama bin Ladin
Yousef Jameel, whose family firm bought the British business Hartwell in 1990, is named in papers claiming more than $1 trillion damages from defendants accused of helping to fund Osama Bin Laden and his Al-Qaida network.
Lawyers acting for the families say Jameel was one of the rich Saudi individuals and businesses, targeted by fund-raisers acting for Muslim causes, including rebel fanatics, called ‘The Golden Chain” because their net worth totalled more than pounds 51 billion.
Money from Saudi Arabia is said in court documents to have financed Al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan where the hijackers trained. Jameel, whose family is one of the wealthiest in Saudi Arabia, is among 225 defendants named in papers filed in a Washington DC court.
Hartwell turns over more than pounds 600 million and employs 3,500 people in Britain. Its 48 outlets sell Audi, Volkswagen, Jaguar and Ford cars. Its other interests include property, financial services and computer software.
It was bought by the Saudi-based Abdul Latif Jameel Group (ALJ).
The Jameel family first made its money through a Toyota franchise in Saudi, along with oil, shipping and real estate.
Jameel’s lawyers argue that there is no case to answer. They say he has severed links with Hartwell and never supported or made donations, either directly or indirectly, to Bin Laden. They add that he has not been contacted by the lawyers for the September 11 case or served with papers, although he knew that a Yousef Jameel was cited as a defendant.
They also point out that other wealthy Arab donors have been defrauded into giving money for humanitarian causes which was used to fund Jihad fighters.
“Jameel recognises that because of his standing and prominence as a businessman in Saudi Arabia and his well known generosity it is understood, rightly or wrongly, that he is (the person named in the writ)” Jameel’s lawyers said.
ALJ made a substantial donation for “the rescue and help” of Muslims in Kosovo. In 1999, ALJ gave the Saudi Red Crescent about pounds 1.3 million. The Saudi Red Crescent, a charitable organisation modelled on the Red Cross and based in Riyadh, is also named as a defendant in the September 11 action. Jameel’s lawyer said his client was unaware of the donation.
Jameel was at the centre of a legal row in 1988 when he was accused by Carole Bailey, his British former wife, of kidnapping their daughter and holding her in Saudi Arabia. He had indicated in court that he would not prevent the girl’s return to Britain and had persuaded the court to remove a pounds 1m bond that would have been forfeit. It is understood that the row with Bailey has been resolved. After their acrimonious divorce, Jameel, who is in his late fifties, married Linda Richards, a former model with whom he has three daughters.
Jameel’s name was added to the list of defendants after the name “Yousef Jameel” was found on a computer disk seized by Bosnian police during searches of the offices of a charity known as the Benevolence International Foundation in Sarajevo in March last year.
Can Duflo be tied to supporting or encouraging groups anti-Christian/Jewish activities ? Can this explain why the demo-coms are demanding eliminating tax write offs to certain non-profit NGO’s ? Or of Obama’s war on a major Christian religious group ?
An Egyptian paper is putting out up to 6 Muslim Brotherhood members are in the Obama Administration - most in Homeland Security.
Arabs have the money - something dems have been known to bow before... and bow before and bow before....
Daniel Greenfield’s work is cut out for him.
As long as there are people funding jihad, there will be an unlimited number of jihadis. The way to cripple the Global Jihad is to go after the money men behind it.