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London: Leading Saudi dissident attacked
Al Bawaba, the Middle East Gateway ^ | June 23 2003

Posted on 06/23/2003 10:29:18 AM PDT by knighthawk

The head of a British-based Saudi Arabia opposition movement has suffered leg wounds after an assault, it was reported Monday by the British press.

Dr. Saad al-Fagih, head of the London-based Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia (MIRA), required hospital treatment after the attack, police sources said. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police and ambulance were called at 10.45pm yesterday to an address in Willesden, north west London, following a report of an altercation in the street.

"Ambulance attended and took the victim - a man in his 40s - to a London hospital suffering a leg wound."

Fagih's injuries are not believed to be life threatening and police inquiries are continuing. Scotland Yard said the incident was an assault and added that an item had been recovered from the scene.

Faqih told the BBC that two men claiming to be plumbers knocked on his door and then forced their way into his home. He said he had received recent warnings of a plan to abduct or kill him.

Mohammed al-Masari, a friend of al-Faqih, said the attackers sprayed him with something to make him drowsy. "A fight ensued and Faqih grabbed a table to defend himself and then the two men knifed him," al-Masari told Reuters.

"As they were going away, they said: 'take that as a message from the Saudi Government'."

MIRA seeks major reforms in Saudi Arabia, including freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and the abolition of the secret police units subverting political movements and activity.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: alfaghi; alfagih; alfaqih; almasari; alqaeda; alqaida; britain; britian; dissident; galloway; mira; mohammedalmasari; saadalfagih; saadalfaqih; saudi; saudiarabia; uk

1 posted on 06/23/2003 10:29:19 AM PDT by knighthawk
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2 posted on 06/23/2003 10:29:35 AM PDT by knighthawk (Full of power I'm spreading my wings, facing the storm that is gathering near)
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To: knighthawk
He's a brave man.
3 posted on 06/23/2003 10:44:29 AM PDT by Bahbah
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4 posted on 06/23/2003 10:49:31 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Bush/Cheney in '04 and Tommy Daschole out the door)
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To: knighthawk
Saudi religious leaders put out a contract like the Iranian religious leaders did to Salmon Rushdie?
5 posted on 06/23/2003 11:10:21 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: knighthawk; Ernest_at_the_Beach
I'm sort of surprised this one isn't getting more play, here or on the media. The message being sent is easy to read: if you support reforms in Saudi Arabia, you're going to get a visit from thugs.

What's particularly disgusting about this incident is that here in Oklahoma at least (maybe the rest of the states too) the Saudis are filling the airwaves with glitzy "ain't we great" commercials. On the one hand, they want a good "image" in the U.S.; on the other, they have no intention whatever of reforms, or of fighting terrorism in any real way.

6 posted on 06/23/2003 2:00:58 PM PDT by MizSterious (Support whirled peas!)
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FEBRUARY 1996 : (UK LABOUR MP GALLOWAY FLIES TO MOROCCO ON BEHALF OF 'SAUDI DISSIDENT' AL-FAGIH TO MEET CROWN PRINCE OF MOROCCO) In February 1996, UK Labour MP George Galloway flew to Morocco for a secret meeting with the then Crown Prince of Morocco to explore a deal between the Islamic Saudi dissidents [such as British-based Saudi dissident Saad al-Fagih, an Islamic fundamentalist who purchased a satellite phone used by al-Qaeda in Afghanistan] and the Saudi royal family. - "MP may be tried as traitor (Galloway)," by Antony Barnett and Martin Bright, The Observer (U.K.) , 04/27/03 [Galloway would later be involved in Oil for Food scandal... being paid by Iraq and his opposition to the Coalition war on Iraq of 2003]
7 posted on 05/19/2005 7:47:03 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: cyncooper; Shermy; Fedora; Cindy; Miss Marple; Howlin
See UK MP Galloway link to Dr. Saad al Fagih in my post above and:

... Two of the men contacted by Bin Laden in Britain — Khaled al Fawwaz and Ibrahim Eidarous — are now in prison awaiting extradition to the United States for their part in the embassy bombings, which killed 224 and injured thousands.
However, another senior terrorist suspect, Mustafa Nazar, is still on the loose. He spent up to two years in Dollis Hill, north London, recruiting for Al-Qaeda. A key figure in Bin Laden’s terror training camps, he left Britain in 1998 and was last seen in Afghanistan fighting alongside the Taliban.
The telephone records have come to light following the trial last year of four Al-Qaeda terrorists who planned and carried out the bombing of the two American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
According to trial documents, the telephone [the one bin Laden used] was bought in 1996 with the help of Dr Saad al Fagih, 45, a bearded surgeon who heads the London-based Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia. This fundamentalist Muslim group is dedicated to the overthrow of the Saudi Arabian government but is not part of Al-Qaeda.
Al Fagih, who has been regularly used by the BBC as an expert on Bin Laden, has in the past explained that Muslim scholars said the killing of civilians, including children, was allowed by the Koran as “collateral damage” in the holy war.
It was al Fagih’s credit card which was used to help to buy the £10,500 Compact-M satellite phone in the United States and it was shipped to his home in north London, according to American court documents. His credit card was also used to buy more than 3,000 minutes of pre-paid airtime.

Last week al Fagih, who has not been arrested or charged in connection with any of these actions, said: “I am willing to speak to the authorities if they ask me about this or any other issue, but not to the press.” ...------ "Bin Laden called UK 260 times," by Nick Fielding and Dipesh Gadhery, The Sunday Times (U.K.), 03/24/2002

8 posted on 05/19/2005 8:53:48 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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9 posted on 05/19/2005 10:54:00 PM PDT by Fedora
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