AL-HARAMAIN ISLAMIC FOUNDATION
AL-Haramain, the two holy places, refers to Mecca and Medina, is the tem used to described the role of Saudi Arabia as the Guardian of those holy sites. AL-Haramain Islamic Foundation was an Islamic charity, based in Saudi Arabia, but with branches all over the world was operating since the early 90s’. At its height, in the late 90s’, AL-Haramian Islamic Foundation raised $40 million to $50 million a year in contributions worldwide, the vast majority going to feed hungry Somali orphans, educate poor Indonesian students and help sick Kenyan children (see also – Golden Chain).
According to USA intelligence the company and Sami al-Hajj personally provided financial support to Muslim fighters in Bosnia in the years 1993-6 and in Chechnya since 1995 through the AL-Haramian Foundation.
Evidence linking Kenya’s AL-Haramian branch to Al Qaeda emerged following the 07/08/1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, simultaneous attacks that killed 231 people, including 12 Americans.
In 2002, the USA government blacklisted AL-Haramian’s Bosnian and Somali branches, mandating the government to seize its assets and shut it down. A year later, the Saudi government, under USA pressure, demanded the charity close all its overseas branches.
AL-Haramian’s acting director at the time, Dabbas bin Mohammed al-Dabbasy, said in 05/2004 that all the charity’s overseas branches were closed.
AL-Haramian Foundation alleged by the USA Department of the Treasury in a 09/2004 press release to have “direct links” with Osama Bin Laden. All charges were dropped by a federal judge. But the US branch of AL-Haramian Foundation was closed. On chapter was located in Ashalnd, Oregon. On Thursday 09/09/2010, An Ashland man Pete Seda, a USA citizen from Iranian descent, was found him guilty of tax fraud and money laundering to fund terrorism overseas. He was the local leader and the cofounder, along with the Saudi Citizen Soliman Al-Buthe, in 1999, of the “AL-Haramian Islamic Foundation, Inc.,” in Oregon. U.S. officials have privately conceded that only a small percentage of the total was diverted and that few of those who worked for AL-Haramian knew money was being funneled to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organization.
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