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Who was Suleiman al-Rasheed?

October 2, 2013

Years after the discovery of the Golden Chain document that listed early sponsors of Osama Bin Laden, the mainstream media still seem mostly indifferent to investigating the individuals named.

For example, one of the lower profile donors was “Suleiman al-Rasheed,” (also spelled Rashid).  Wikipedia asserts that Suleiman is affiliated with the Al-Rasheed Trading & Contracting Co (RTCC).  The RTCC is a “leading general contractor in Saudi Arabia” according to the book Doing Business with Saudi Arabia.

May 2013 news article from Alriyadh newspaper called RTCC “a mainstay” of Saudi building and construction projects.  The article goes on to explain that RTCC was a major builder of employee housing for Saudi national oil company employees in the 1960s, and implemented “vital projects and strategic in the public and private sectors” (Google translation).  RTCC is currently carrying out “giant” assignments including a security project along Saudi Arabia’s northern border, a transnational railway project, a 1,000-unit housing project at King Saud University, and a water pipeline to Riyadh.

As a side note, it is worth remembering that the government of Saudi Arabia would not be able to award lucrative public contracts to RTCC without oil profits.

All that being said, the precise identity of “Suleiman” and his affiliation with RTCC is still unclear.  Abdullah Al Rashid is RTCC’s CEO and chairman of the board of directors.  The Saudi billionaire Nasser Al-Rashid also appears to be unrelated.

Neither does “Suleiman” appear to be affiliated with Al Rashid Trust, a fake charity in Pakistan that was designated as a terrorist financing entity shortly after 9/11.  The main “Suleiman” in the Golden Chain is Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, but his name is clearly a distinct and separate entry on the list.

Have any journalists researched or tried to confirm the identity of Suleiman al-Rasheed?  Have they even asked RTCC to confirm or deny the allegation that it was involved with the Golden Chain?  Wouldn’t American investors and businessmen like to know the answer to that before embarking on joint ventures with RTCC?

Granted, research in this area can be difficult because of spelling differences and, more importantly, because wealthy Saudis engage in intense legal efforts to suppress negative news coverage and internet search results about them.  But one would think that a dozen years after 9/11 there would at least be one publicly accessible news article looking into Suleiman al-Rasheed.

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