Mat King Leather’s American funding via Saudis

 

The man of treachery

The funding of Former-abuse-of-power-convict Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s political activity is made by two Saudi princes. It was a strong suspicion by many, more apparent when the acussee-of-second-sodomy-case was provided with a private jet for the ‘much needed orthopedic trip to Munich’ by a Saudi prince when the former was acquitted by Federal Court for his first sodomy case in 2004.

Saudis discover new funding channels for Taliban, al Qaeda

By Nic Robertson, CNN
January 27, 2011 — Updated 1425 GMT (2225 HKT)

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) — In August last year, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was not happy with Saudi Arabia. He complained that the Saudis appeared to be funding an opposition candidate, Anwar Ibrahim, in upcoming elections.

What’s more, the Malaysian authorities suspected two senior Saudi princes of involvement. The Saudis launched an investigation, and uncovered something very different — and more alarming.

A secret report seen by CNN concludes: “There is no evidence any Saudi official ever supported Anwar Ibrahim” and “claims of support from the Saudi royals named in the initial report [names redacted] were found to be without basis.”

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There are two issues here needed to be carefully raised and pondered thoroughly.

1. Did PM Dato’ Seri Najib actually made the complain to the Saudis?

As far as we were made to understand, PM Dato’ Seri Najib never made such complain even when he was in Saudi last year. Robertson’s report also talked about a “Secret report seen by CNN”. Who made this report and for whom?

2. Anwar is very close to certain Saudi prince. It is apparent when Anwar’s 9 years term sodomy conviction was over turned by Federal Court in 2004, he immediately sought treatment in an exclusive Munich clinic for his bad back. A Saudi prince provided the executive het for Anwar and his party of five to travel in comfort and luxury to the Bavarian capital days after his releaser from Sungai Buloh prison.

Probably it is true Saudis are funding Anwar’s political game here in Malaysia. It does not take a rocket science to figure that Anwar and the Saudis serve the same master: those in the corridors of power in Washington D.C.

These are excerpts from a book that details Anwar’s connection with the New Con Jews and Saudis:

Anwar’s US Islamic Network

Anwar Ibrahim is a leading figure in a network of US-based Islamic groups and universities largely funded by his patrons in Saudi Arabia. These groups are controlled by his oldest associates in the Islamic Revival movement from the 1970s and 1980s. Some of his oldest allies in Malaysia, including Abdul Rahim Ghouse and Wan Hasni Wan Sulaiman, were involved with this network as college students in America. The group also has strong ties to the International Islamic University of Malaysia. After his release from prison in 2004, Anwar used his American network helped him rebuild his stature and finances.

The International Institute for Islamic Thought, based in Northern Virginia, was founded in 1980 by Anwar Ibrahim, two founders of the Saudi-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth and Anwar’s mentor, late Temple University religion professor Ismail R. al Faruqi. IIIT was bankrolled by the SAAR Foundation, which received billions of dollars from the Saudi Arabian al Rajhi banking family and other Saudi charities that have financed groups that engage in terrorism. SAAR is now defunct, but businesses it established continue to make money. Charities they funded, like IIIT, are still active.

The IIIT has been under investigation by federal law enforcement agencies since the late 1990s for suspected financing of terrorist organizations including Hamas, al Qaeda and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.    IIIT is the foremost institution advancing the “Islamization of Knowledge” philosophy, which calls for the revision of all teaching and texts to comport with a fundamentalist Islamic world view. Anwar has actively promoted this philosophy, a pursuit that has won Saudi funding for institutions that  offer him a prestigious visiting professorships and a platform for his views.

Anwar has been firmly enmeshed in IIIT’s activities since its founding and remains so today. He has received political and financial support from IIIT since his criminal conviction. Since his release from prison, he has created companies with business ties to SAAR and IIIT figures.

After Anwar’s criminal conviction, for example, IIIT director Dr. Jamal Barzinji hired lobbyists to plead Anwar’s case in Washington, and IIIT paid out hefty scholarships for his children and those of his longtime political supporter Abdul Rahim Ghouse. Upon his release from prison, Anwar incorporated his business, Anwar Ibrahim Associates, in the United States, listing an address located in a cluster of homes in Herndon, Va. owned by SAAR/IIIT founders and directors.  His children have used a home in the SAAR cluster as their residence, according to public records.

Barzinji was an officer in Malaysia-based banks and in investment firms controlled by SAAR and wealthy Saudi funders who did business with the Finance Ministry when it was run by Anwar. Dr. Barzinji’s nephew, Omar Barzinji, runs Anwar’s US company, Anwar Ibrahim Associates, as managing director.

In summary, Anwar’s principal contacts in the United States have been a group of closely-related people and institutions that have been under investigation by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies for many years as a result of their close association with terrorist groups and radical Islamic movements. This Memorandum provides factual background on those relationships over the past three decades.

ANWAR’S LONG HISTORY WITH THE FOUNDERS OF IIIT

Formative Days in Saudi Arabia

According to law enforcement documents and academic research, Anwar and several like-minded young Islamic activists first met in Saudi Arabia in the late 1960s and early 1970s while studying and working for Islamist organizations including the King Faisal Foundation. This group formed the core of a new generation of Muslim Brotherhood leaders operating dozens of Saudi-funded organizations around the globe dedicated to Revivalist Islam.

In 1970, Ahmad al-Haj Totonji, an activist who left his native Iraq for Saudi Arabia, visited Malaysia and helped Anwar set up ABIM with aid from the Faisal Foundation. Totonji was an official of the newly formed Saudi charity World Assembly of Muslim Youth; his boss, WAMY First Secretary Dr. Abdul Hamid AbuSulayman would help the charity become a prominent exporter of fundamentalist Islam. A decade later, Anwar and the two men were among the founding group of IIIT, the entity intended to provide an intellectual base to the Islamist movement in the West.

In a 1999 letter Anwar wrote from prison to AbuSulayman, he reflected on their formative days in Saudi Arabia:  “In the quiet solitude of prison, I’m able to recollect vividly our meetings in Riyadh beginning more than 20 years ago. In spite our shared ideals, we were always engaged in heated debates on the issues of wasilah (way of reform) and fiqh awlawiyyat (order of priorities). Unfamiliar as I was with loud Arab rhetoric, I had to force a readjustment of my subdued mannerisms — in other words, my Malayness — just so I could be heard. But, each time, it was the diplomatic mastery of Dr. Ahmad Totonji that brought about an amicable end to our debates.”

Totonji, a petroleum engineer, studied in the United States during the 1960s, where he helped found another Islamic student organization, the Muslim Student Association. The MSA, which began at the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana, would become a seminal organization, spawning many others involved in the rise of political Islam.  Totonji was guest speaker at a 2006 or 2005 ABIM conference in Malaysia. His speech was recorded and posted on line, but the links to these recordings are no longer available. However parts of his speech were transcribed by a confidential source, providing insight into Totonji’s views (and by extension to that of the IIIT and WAMY), the formation of ABIM, and its modus operandi. Totonji said:

“The Quran teaches that non-believers must all be classed together, and we Muslims must also group ourselves together and work together for the betterment of all humanity, to prevent mischief and evil. We have changed the world. I first came to Malaysia in 1970 and was met by Br Anwar. Today, I am glad to see sisters everywhere in Malaysia wearing hijab. We have made a better world for Muslims.…  In every country in the world there is a Renaissance of Muslims; there is however a need for collective action among Muslims to bring this great tide of uprising. We must include everyone who believes. “

Core Members of Anwar’s US Islamic Groups

AbuSulayman, Totonji, Barzinji and the other founders of IIIT have worked in common cause with Anwar for much of their adult lives. An examination of its Saudi-backed funding and its philosophy of Muslim expansionism reveal a Muslim Brotherhood agenda. IIIT presents itself as a scholarly think tank. It maintains that it does not advocate violence to advance the Islamist cause, though a 2001 IIIT book by AbuSulayman titled “Violence” undercuts that claim. AbuSulayman called Israel a “foreign usurper” that should be met with “fear, terror and lack of security.” The book says attacks by Palestinians are justified, “whether the targets are civilian or military.”[1]

AbuSulayman formed a precursor organization to IIIT in 1972, when, as a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined forces with a key figure in the Western revival of fundamentalist Islam to found the Association of Muslim Social Scientists in America, a group that the US government has described in court proceedings as a Muslim Brotherhood organization.[2] That figure was Muslim scholar Ismail Raji al-Faruqi.

Faruqi, a Palestinian, was a charismatic instructor educated at Indiana and Harvard who as a religion professor at Temple University in Philadelphia drew a following of graduate students after the Iranian revolution generated new interest in the study of Islam.

The Temple University professor would become a mentor to Anwar Ibrahim and to many of those who support and promote Anwar around the world today. Faruqi and Anwar each developed ties to charities in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s. Faruqi became an inspirational figure not only to Anwar, but to people who would plant his seeds of Islamic revivalism at Saudi-funded think tanks and universities across the US and in Malaysia.

Among Faruqi’s most influential protégés is Georgetown Prof. John L. Esposito, himself an Anwar intimate, as well as his biographer. Esposito did his dissertation on Muslim family law under the supervision of Dr. Faruqi in 1974, though the Georgetown professor’s web biography makes no mention of his association with the fundamentalist scholar. Esposito, a professor of international affairs and religion, has been a principal figure and fundraiser for the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, founded in 1993. Under his direction, the center received a $20 million donation from the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation in 2005, shortly after Anwar arrived there as a visiting professor. The Foundation’s executive director overseeing the donation was Muna AbuSulayman, daughter of the IIIT founder Abdul Hamid AbuSulayman who had spent a decade in Malaysia with Anwar as rector of the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

Faruqi advocated the “Islamization of knowledge,” the idea of injecting the Islamic viewpoint into law, social sciences and all other fields of study. It is a radical notion that was seized upon by many Muslim thinkers, but it has received scant notice in the West.  “This phrase could be a euphemism for the rewriting of history to support Islamist narratives. For example, after such Islamization, Spain is permanently relabeled “Al-Andalus” (as it was called during Muslim rule) and the country becomes the rightful property of Muslims.”[3]

Faruqi advocated the expansion of Shariah law, and wrote dozens of books and papers, some published by WAMY. He is known for his translation of “Kitab al-Tawhid,” by Muhammad ibn al Wahhab.

Faruqi was a Palestinian who fled to the U.S. in 1948. He spent time in Egypt (at AlAzhar) and Pakistan (Institute of Islamic Research, in Karachi), then returned to the U.S. to pursue a career in academia. He was fiercely opposed to the State of Israel. The Quran, he told students in May 1984, bars Zionism and demands Muslims “spare no effort, no material, no wealth” to destroy it. “The injustice perpetrated by Zionism is so complex, so compounded and so grave that there is practically no means of stopping or undoing it without a violent war in which the Zionist army, state and all its public institutions would have to be destroyed.”[4]

Anwar and the Muslim Brotherhood

According to Esposito’s biography of Anwar, titled “Renaissance Man,” Anwar was inspired by the Iranian student revolution and was one of the first prominent foreign Muslims to visit the country in its wake. Among those Esposito lists as influencing Anwar’s thinking are Faruqi and some of the leading figures in the Muslim Brotherhood:

“Like many Islamic activists, Anwar and the leadership of ABIM were influenced by the writings of major founders of 20th century international Islamic renewal movements, notably Hasan al-Banna, Sayyed Qutb and Abu al Ala Mawdudi. In particular, they embraced a belief in lithe comprehensiveness of Islam as ai-deen (way of life), a concept that is at the heart of the Islamist understanding of Islam. He was influenced by others with whom he had personal contact, among them the prominent Malaysian scholar Naquib al-Attas and the Palestinian, Ismail Ragi al-Faruqi of Temple University in Philadelphia, and Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi from Egypt.”

Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born top official of the Muslim Brotherhood, advocates Islamic conquest through religious outreach. “We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America, not through the sword but through dawah,” Qaradawi told an Ohio audience in a speech captured on tape the Washington based Investigative Project on Terrorism. Qaradawi also issues fatwas justifying Hamas suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.

Anwar formed key relationships during the period from 1976 to 1982, when, according to Esposito, Anwar was a Southeast Asian representative to WAMY. His allegiance has been lifelong to the Saudi-funded youth group branded a terror financier by the US in 2005. He gave an enthusiastic welcoming address on the occasion of WAMY’s 7th international conference in 1993, concluding, “I got carried away because I think it is my organization, because I have seen all my old friends. I have forgotten that others have taken the organization from us. As an older member, you know, WAMY is my organization.”


[2] The Investigative Project, U.S. v Holy Land Foundation case documents.

[3] Baran, Zeyno, “The Muslim Brotherhood’s US Network,” Current Trends in Islamic Ideology, Vol. 6, p. 100.

[4] New York Times, May 13. 1984, “Moslem Students in US Rediscovering Islam,” by Colin Campbell.

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There is a chapter that is quoted by Malaysian Business which came from a book:

In his days as a WAMY representative, Anwar came to the attention of Prince Mohammed al Faisal who was in charge at the al-Faisal Foundation in Saudi Arabia. A veteran Malaysian politician and former Minister for Finance, Tengku Razaliegh Hamzah, said:

“Sometime in mid-1970’s when I was chairman of the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, I met Prince Mohammed Al Faisal who was then running the al-Faisal Foundation. He asked me if I had heard of a young man called Anwar Ibrahim. He wanted my view of Anwar, saying that the foundation would go ahead with helping him (Anwar) with his activities if I said okay.”[1]


[1] Malaysian Business, Sept. 1 2005, A. Kadir Jasin

Conclusions About of Anwar’s IIIT Connections

  • Anwar is deeply entrenched with a network of Islamic extremists who first came together more than 30 years ago and have been bankrolled by Saudi charities and royal family members  since.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood connections and fundamentalist views of this network belie the moderate face Anwar presents in the West to win political support.
  • This network has aided Anwar’s political career; he has used his government and university positions to promote advance its agenda and aid its members financially.
  • Anwar has been helped personally by this association, including with living arrangements and scholarships for his children and lobbying assistance when he was in jail.

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And more from chapter two of the same book:

Anwar Ibrahim and the Saudis

Summary

The foundation of Anwar Ibrahim’s financial network is his excellent political and business ties in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While it is generally well-known that Anwar has good and longstanding ties in the Kingdom, important aspects of the relationship are little understood. Perhaps most important and least understood is the critical role played by the Saudis in helping Anwar regain his strength after he was released from prison.

Anwar’s chief patrons in the royal family are Prince Nayef of the Interior Ministry and Prince Turki, former intelligence chief and Ambassador to Washington. Both are committed to the longtime Saudi strategy of seeking to spread influence in the Muslim by backing “political Islam” movements such as the AK Party of Turkey and the PKR.

These leading Saudi royals, together with Saudi banker Saleh Kamel, undertook a number of steps to help Anwar after his release from prison by rebuilding his international political standing and providing him with sources of income.

Saudi Sojourn After Prison

During more than two weeks in the Kingdom in October 2004, Anwar met with members of the royal family, a number of Islamic scholars, and friends and associates involved in the Saudi-backed Islamic proliferation movement from as far back as the 1970s.

People with knowledge of these meetings said that Anwar’s Saudi backers were initially concerned by what some took to be his lack of enthusiasm; however, this was quickly overcome. A ‘planning group’ that sat with Anwar in a number of sessions. (The group apparently included two non-Saudis, who were described by one source as ‘American political consultants’ and by another as ‘marketing people.’)

It was decided that in view of the limitations on his political activity at home, Anwar would need some time to “recover” outside Malaysia. This time was to be used to rebuild his network of personal connections, raise funds, and build up his credentials as a reformer, a Muslim moderate, and a leader that the West would still feel it could work with.

Plans were rapidly made for short-term positions at Oxford University, Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. The cosmopolitan Prince Turki has warm ties at both schools.  Oxford has received more than 24 million pounds in donations from the Saudis in recent years, Georgetown more than $20 million.

Along with his brothers, Prince Turki is a senior official of the King Faisal Foundation and currently chairs the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. The Faisal Foundation has been a foundation of Anwar’s Saudi connections going back to his days as an Islamic revival student in the 1970s.

It was at that time that Anwar met Prince Mohammed Al-Faisal Al-Saud, the Saudi royal most closely identified with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Former Malaysian Finance Minister Tengku Razaliegh Hamzah has stated that “sometime in mid-1970’s when I was chairman of the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, I met Prince Mohammed Al Faisal who was then running the al-Faisal Foundation. He asked me if I had heard of a young man called Anwar Ibrahim. He wanted my view of Anwar, saying that the foundation would go ahead with helping him (Anwar) with his activities if I said okay.”

Mohammed Al-Faisal is considered the father of Islamic banking, and lent his name to one of the earliest such banks, the Faisal Islamic Bank. He has been close to Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Nada and also founded Faisal Finance of Switzerland, which is the subject of a long-running series of terrorism investigations.

Role of Prince Turki

Today, it is Prince Turki who is in charge of running the relationship with Anwar, and has been meeting with him a number of times every year since his release from prison in 2004.

In June 2005, the King Faisal Foundation signed an agreement with Malaysian construction company Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd for building the Al-Faisaliah University in the Kingdom. Local sources told us that the contract is worth some 400 million Saudi Riyals (about 100 million USD). While the deal was publicly presented as unrelated to Anwar, certain executives were told privately that Anwar had “done them a favor” in exchange for future “good relations.” (The firm won another large contract in 2009 from the Saudi Oger Group, which is also believed to have ties to Anwar.)

Role of Prince Nayef

Anwar’s relationship with the Saudi government goes through more than one channel. Although Prince Turki is in regular oversight of the AI connection, Prince Nayef, second in line to the throne, also asserts his “sponsorship” of Anwar. However, the relationship between Anwar and the Saudis is broader than these specific links, and includes financial arrangements with Islamic banking leaders sponsored by the Royal Family, such as Saleh Kamel, who is likely the most important figure in Anwar’s worldwide financial network and directly or indirectly responsible for much of his income today, as discussed further separately.

In 2007, one contact said, Nayef was particularly pleased with Anwar’s quiet promotion of Saudi interests and directed the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) to give a contract to a London-based NGO called AccountAbility after Anwar was made its honorary president.

The non-profit, founded by Anwar friend and former US Vice President Al Gore, received a sizable contract to run the Saudi Arabian Responsible Competitiveness Initiative between 2008 and 2010. Although not well known, SAGIA is one of the most important companies in Saudi Arabia and is under the personal control of Prince Naif. The contract with AccountAbility is said to be worth ‘a few million dollars,’ meaning that it is in the $10 million range.

In 2008, Anwar was a featured speaker at the SAGIA-funded International Knowledge Forum in Medina.

One person in Asia with direct knowledge of the matter estimated that about ten business groups in Asia have hired Anwar to solicit Saudi investments. Sources in Saudi Arabia estimate Anwar’s income from his Saudi ties is between $1 million and $4 million annually.

A New International Network

Islamists in Turkey have worked closely with Islamists in Malaysia to construct a new framework of NGOs to advance the causes of the Muslim Brotherhood. Funding for this network comes heavily from the Saudis.

The core of this network is the following organizations:

Global Peace Mission

Union of NGOs of Islamic World (UNIW)

Future Global Network

World Futures Online

GPTD (World Civilization Research Group)

Center for Study of Islam & Democracy

Global Peace Mission, Future Global Network and GPTD are Malaysian organizations aligned with Anwar Ibrahim.

These groups are controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood and their sympathizers, although the Washington-based Center for Study of Islam and Democracy has been careful to recruit a wider mix of people for its events. They are generally friendly to Hamas and hostile to NATO. The primary goal of such groups is to market Anwar’s message that militant Islam is not a threat to democracy.

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This one is about the commercial bit:

Anwar’s US Companies

Almost immediately upon his release from prison, Anwar established residency in the United States and incorporated three companies that appear geared to facilitating his international speaking schedule, his private deal-making, and his 2008 parliamentary campaign.

Anwar Ibrahim & Associates is described by its former managing director as “a boutique financial advisory firm focused on privatizations, large M&A cross-border transactions and complex project finance initiatives.”

On its MySpace page, Anwar Ibrahim Consulting says it offers “Global Advisory Services for Strategy & Finance.”

A former executive at Anwar Ibrahim & Associates is Mirza Z. Baig, who is also associated with Amana publishing and other IIIT entities.  In a CV, Baig claims to have worked on a number of deals for AI&A.

Prior to Legal Advantage, Baig was also a Managing Director of Anwar Ibrahim and Associates, where he led sourcing investment opportunities in Turkey and South Asia. He leveraged deep networks in the media, technology, business services and VC/PE communities in the region to locate, vet and evaluate opportunities consistent with AI&A’s risk-return profile. At AI&A, Baig led a number of investment opportunities including being the global coordinator for AI&A’s buy-side advisory role for the $4bn+ acquisition of a telecom operator.

AI&A appears to have acted as an advisor to the Saudi Oger Group in its 2005 acquisition of Turk Telekom.  Anwar is a close personal friend of Turkish president Abdullah Gul and is also close to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, a former professor at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur during the early 1990s. In September 2005, Anwar traveled to Ankara and met with top Turkish officials. The sale to Oger was completed on Nov. 14.  Saudi Oger is controlled by the Hariri family and has close ties to the Saudi leadership. Research is ongoing.

In April 2005 established residency in Virginia and registered Anwar Ibrahim Associates with the Virginia Corporation Commission. The firm has employed two people connected to the  Herndon, Va.-based IIIT network and it lists addresses associated with IIIT.

Around May 2, 2005, Anwar obtained a US Social Security number in the District of Columbia. This coincided with his residency in the United States from approximately April 2005 to August 2007. The most likely explanation for his decision to acquire a US identification number is that he expected to receive substantial income during this period for which he would be required to pay American taxes.

During his two years living in the US, Anwar resided at 11920 Sugarland Road in Herndon, Virginia, a short distance from the homes of other Muslim Brotherhood leaders with whom Anwar has collaborated since the 1970s.

In August 2005, a lawyer in Richmond, Va. Registered two more companies for Anwar: Anwar Ibrahim Consulting and Anwar Ibrahim Holdings.

At the time the first of the companies was established, Anwar was traveling the globe, lecturing and meeting with senior government officials, NGOs and businessmen. Many of these were paid engagements, and documents indicate they were arranged by AI&A. He travelled to Germany, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Australia and the United Kingdom before arriving in the US  for a visiting professorship at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Addresses on file for the firm with the state of Virginia show AI&A to be associated with properties connected to the IIIT network. The company address is currently listed with the state corporation commission as 585 Grove Street, Herndon, an office that houses numerous companies connected to the IIIT.  Anwar initially registered the firm at 11920 Sugarland Road, Herndon, a property that is part of the cluster of homes that belong to IIIT principals, including Jamal Barzinji of IIIT, Jamal Barzinji’s brother Fakhri Barzinji, and Fakhri Barzinji’s son Omar Barzinji, among others.

Omar Barzinji, a law school graduate, is currently listed on LinkedIn as Managing Director, “Anwar Ibrahim & Associates.” Dunn & Bradstreet reports show that Omar Barzinji was in 2008 the vice president of Amana Inc. in Beltsville, Md., also known as International Graphics Printing. Other business filings show him as managing director of Amana in 2006 and 2007.  Amana is a large IIIT-connected publishing firm that was incorporated in 1982 by Omar’s father Fakhri Barzinji.

The FBI investigated International Graphics in the late 1990s  after books on West Bank glorifying terrorism were published by the company, according to a confidential source. The suspicion was that cheaply-made books were sold for fundraising and that the proceeds went to terror groups.

Omar Barzinji, along with his father and his uncle, is listed in Yusef Nada’s phone book. Omar is married to Sumaya Jaghlit, the daughter of another IIIT figure, Mohammad Jaghlit. Anwar’s daughter Nurul Ilham B Anwar, a recent Georgetown University graduate, has lived at the home of the Barzinji family at 11925 Safa Court in Herndon, public records show. Fakhri Barzinji has recently relocated to Turkey, according to a confidential source.

The AI&A website contains a number of pamphlets and posters from the  2008 campaign in Malaysia. The documents contain printing company marks suggesting they are pre-production and were sent to the US for review before being used.

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The bit about the Abrar connection:

Abrar and 3 Other Malaysian Companies in US Prosecution

The Abrar company of Malaysia, founded by Saudi businessman Yassin Qadi and Abdul Rahim Ghouse, has been the subject of three US criminal investigations, one US prosecution, and a related fraud investigation in Australia.

Abrar is currently at the center of a US criminal prosecution in Boston. US Justice Department filings show that four Malaysian companies were used in an alleged scheme to hide the assets of Specially Designated Terrorist Yassin Qadi of Saudi Arabia.

Malaysia has already turned over information to the US showing that these companies were owned or controlled by Qadi.

Abrar’s US branch funded a company in Chicago, Global Chemical, run by a suspected Hamas operative who in 1998 was convicted of fraud and money laundering.

Abrar’s key Malaysian executive, Abdul Rahim Ghouse, is known to US law enforcement from his time in the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s. As a student in Illinois in 1986-87, he headed the Malaysian Islamic Study Group, a Muslim Brotherhood organization. He is listed on a 1992 directory of US-based Muslim Brotherhood members introduced as an exhibit last year in a criminal trial in Texas. Later, Ghouse headed the Free Anwar Campaign. Ghouse’s children have received more than $200,000 from the International Institute of Islamic Thought, which Anwar founded and serves as a director.

While Abrar is generally thought of as a Malaysia company, it is actually a global network of companies. In a confidential statement to US, Qadi said there is also an Abrar in Saudi Arabia:

In addition to this, I became involved in a small-scale business venture with Waa’el Julaidan and other members of his family. I am a shareholder and director of Abrar, a company incorporated in Saudi Arabia, for the purpose of carrying on business in the travel and tourism industry…Wa’el Julaidan is not and never has been a director of this company, although he is a minority shareholder in it.  Abrar of Saudi Arabia was incorporated to carry on business in the travel and tourism sector, specifically for Muslim pilgrims, especially during the pilgrimage (Hajj) season and, throughout the year, for minor pilgrimages

Wael Julaidan is a designated terrorist and associate of Osama bin Laden.

In this statement to the US Treasury, Qadi did not mention that one of the officers of Abrar was Tarek Suwaidan, a Kuwaiti under scrutiny by US law enforcement. In his own CV, Suwaidan states:   “Board of directors member in ABRAR Investment Group –Malaysia 1992-1996”.

In the 2007 criminal trial of United States of America vs. Holy Land Foundation for Relief & Development, Suwaidan was named by the Justice Department as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the financing of terrorism. [1] Suwaidan is now a prominent fundamentalist preacher in Kuwait.

As is already known, Abrar benefited from privatizations under Anwar Ibrahim, specifically Express Rail. We were also told by Youssef Nada that Anwar assisted Abrar in obtaining a license.


[1] Case 3:04-cr-00240 Document 656-2 Filed 05/29/2007, p. 8.

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The Georgetown connection:

Georgetown University, Anwar and Islamic Funding from Saudi Arabia

Anwar’s Saudi supporters decided upon his release from prison that he needed to build up his international exposure and credibility as a reformer, and as a Western-oriented and cooperative leader. An academic position as Visiting Fellow was quickly secured at Oxford, a recipient of much Saudi largesse, followed by a similar position at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, another institution with excellent Saudi ties.

The most significant move came in 2005, when Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal donated $20 Million for Islamic Studies to Harvard and another $20 million to Georgetown University, creating the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding there under Professor John L. Esposito, Anwar’s biographer and longtime friend.

The executive director of the Prince AlWaleed Bin Talal Foundation is Muna Abu Sulayman, the daughter of a man who has been one of Anwar’s closest comrades in the Islamist movement for decades, Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman.  Esposito was on hand for the official signing ceremony in Paris between  Alwaleed and the president of Georgetown, as was Muna Abu Sulayman. [1]Alwaleed told Georgetown officials before he handed over the check that he wanted Esposito to decide how the funds were spent.

The gift to Georgetown assured the restoration of Anwar’s stature and credibility, coming on the heels of his prison term. Anwar’s access in funding has helped propel the center and hence the prominence of his longtime associate, Esposito.

The Georgetown professor is a defender of Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood. His influence is amplified because he is editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, a four-volume reference published in 1992. His book, “The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?” challenges the notion that Islamic fundamentalism – or “revivalism” as he calls it – is a threat to the West.  Esposito’s center is part of the School of Foreign Service, the training ground for much of the nation’s foreign policy establishment.

Anwar, Esposito and Abu Sulayman were all protégés of Ismail Faruqi at Temple University. Anwar and Abu Sulayman went on with Faruqi to found the International Institute of Islamic Thought in 1981. Both are lifetime directors. Abu Sulayman was a founder of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, and Anwar was a WAMY representative from Southeast Asia. In 1988, Anwar invited Abu Sulayman and his family to Malaysia where he was installed as rector of IIU, bringing IIIT’s “Islamization of knowledge” philosophy with him.

Esposito has fostered strong ties with IIIT. As far back as 1996,  Esposito was in discussions with IIIT officials about creating a board to oversee the a master’s degree program in Islamic Studies at IIIT, according to correspondence to Dr. Hamid Algabid, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Conferences from one of his senior advisors. [2]

At the time of the $20 million Saudi royal family gift, Anwar was already a visiting professor at Georgetown, one of a string of prestigious universities in the West that have invited him to lecture since his release. One of the first places Anwar traveled upon his release in late 2004 was to Saudi Arabia. He arrived by private jet and stayed for several weeks.

The $20 million gift from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is the second largest in the university’s history, providing the Alwaleed Foundation, and possibly Anwar in light of his relationship with Esposito, with influence over the curriculum at what will be one of the best-funded programs in the nation for Islamic studies. The New York Times Magazine interviewed Prince Alwaleed after the gift announcement, positing that “some are concerned that you are trying to increase the on-campus influence of the Saudi royal family, of which you are reportedly the single wealthiest member.” Alwaleed answered: “I don’t have control, and I don’t want control.  Period.”

In 1994, a year after Esposito founded the Georgetown center, four Malaysian corporations considered to be key allies of Anwar donated $500,000 each to an endowment fund to create a Southeast Asia Islam chair. The Malaysian donors had a hand in selecting an International Islamic University of Malaysia deputy rector for the post.  The donation insured that Anwar had high profile university platform for speaking out on various Islamic and global issues.

The companies are Sapura Holdings, Diversified Resources Bhd, Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd and the Hong Leong Group, companies with whom Anwar has had financial and business ties. Diversified and Malaysian Resources were controlled by longtime Anwar backer Yahya Ahmad, while Hong Leong is controlled by Anwar backer Quek Leng Chan.

An agreement to fund the chair was signed by the donors and the president of Georgetown on Oct 6, 1994, with Anwar in attendance as a witness.  Malaysian press reports at the time said the Chair would insure that Southeast Asia would always be visible in Washington and in the international programs of the United States, and that it would provide a chance for Malaysian scholars to present Malaysian views at a University that produces many foreign policy leaders.

On December 10, 2007 the Washington Times wrote a lengthy story on the Saudi gift to Georgetown, noting that they required that Esposito run the Center.[3] Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf then said he wanted to more information from Georgetown on the $20 million gift from Prince Alwaleed. [4]


[2] Letter dated July 12, 1995 from S. Shahid Husain, senior advisor OIC to Dr. Hamid Algabid, Secretary General. Contained in exhibits in American Islamic College v. Walid Cowlas et al,  Cook County Ill. Circuit Court, May 8, 2000.

It is very clear that the relationship extended very far up and it is very extensive, for a very long time. Upon his release from prison in 2004, seamlessly Anwar was place and made US a habitat will full support system. This could only be achieved if the US Government facilitated all the applications.

These unravels so many details about Anwar. This Wikileaks is really a great tool and provide good opportunity for citizens of the world to discover a lot of underlying information. So should Malaysians. Please remember that it was the New Con Jews along the corridors of power in Washington D.C. who gave Anwar the ‘red carpet’ treatment.

 

 

 

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