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Aramco employee suspected of 9/11 link

October 18, 2012

A millionaire employee of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company, is suspected of connections to the 9/11 hijackers.  The employee, Abdulaziz al-Hijji, denies the allegation, but former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fl.) says that a U.S. investigation into al-Hijji was not thorough.  The remarks from Sen. Graham were reported by the Mail Online in February:

Saudi Arabian millionaire ‘with links to 9/11 terror attacks’ living in luxury London home while working for state oil company

A Saudi Arabian accused of having links to some of the 9/11 terrorists is working for his country’s state oil company in London.

Abdulaziz al-Hijji, 38, works for the European branch of Saudi Aramco and lives in a posh central London flat, having left his US home in Florida just weeks before the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001.

Registration numbers of vehicles passing through a checkpoint at the Prestancia gated community in Sarasota, in the months before 9/11, and the identifications shown by drivers, suggest three of the terrorists had visited al-Hijji’s home.

Mohamed Atta, a ringleader of the atrocities and the hijacker pilot who smashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center’s North Tower, was named as one of the men.

Marwan Al-Shehhi, who flew United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower, and Ziad Jarrah, who crashed United Airlines Flight 93 in a Pennsylvanian field, are also thought to have visited.

All three men learned to fly at Venice Airport, less than 20 miles from the house at 4224 Escondito Circle.

A fourth man, Adnan Shukrijumah, an al-Qaeda operative on the FBI’s most wanted list, with a $5m bounty on his head, is also believed to have visited the property.

In an email to The Daily Telegraph, al-Hijji wrote: ‘I have neither relation nor association with any of those bad people/criminals and the awful crime they did. 9/11 is a crime against the USA and all humankind and I’m very saddened and oppressed by these false allegations.

‘I love the USA. My kids were born there, I went to college and university there, I spent a good portion of my life there and I love it.’

The FBI also ruled out a connection between al-Hijji and the hijackers or the 9/11 plot but former US senator, Bob Graham – who chaired the US Senate intelligence committee at the time – said he has seen two secret documents which cast doubt on the FBI’s claim.

He told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Both documents indicate that the investigation was not the robust inquiry claimed by the FBI.’

The al-Hijjis are said to have aroused suspicion because of the ‘manner and timing’ of their departure from the US, having left behind a number of personal possessions, including three cars.

They moved to Saudi Arabia before settling in a four-bedroom detached house in Totton, near Southampton, in 2003, but returned to America briefly in 2005.

Al-Hijjis works for the Aramco Overseas Company UK Limited, based in New Oxford Street, London.

The U.S. should re-open an investigation into al-Hijji case.  The British should question al-Hijji as well.

One would also think that if Saudi Aramco would like to clear itself from Mr. Al-Hijji’s stench, it would conduct a personnel review of their own.  After all, al-Hijji must hold some type of executive position within Saudi Aramco for him to be a millionaire with a posh London flat.

Saudi Aramco should be especially concerned about its image given a former Aramco director, Sheikh Ahmad Turki Zaki Yamani, was named in the infamous Golden Chain Al Qaeda document a primary financial sponsor of Osama bin Laden.

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