Al Qaeda 'financed from Eindhoven'
Expatica News, Netherlands, 23 April 2003
AMSTERDAM — A director of the Islamic foundation Al Waqf al Islami in Eindhoven, Ahmad Al Hussaini, is included in a list of 20 Saudi Arabian business leaders alleged to have provided financial support to the Al Qaeda terror network.
A prominent Al Qaeda member drew up the list, according to US firm JCB Consulting, which is investigating the financing of Osama bin Laden's network on behalf of 600 families of the September 11 terrorist attack victims.
JCB spokesman Damien Martinez told Dutch current affairs television programme Nova on Tuesday night that the list was found during a raid on the Saudi Arabian charity, Benevolence International Foundation (BIF), in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Bosnian police conducted the raid in the autumn of 2002 in co-operation with the American FBI.
According to the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Al Hussaini has been a member of the board of directors of Al Waqf al Islami since June 1991. The foundation's headquarters is located at the Al Furkaan mosque in the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven.
Dutch secret service AIVD has refused to comment on the matter and the precise nature of the list is not yet clear.
But the AIVD included the Al Waqf al Islami foundation in a report last year that identified the foundation as one of several extremist groups with close ties with Islamic primary schools in the Netherlands. The foundation was also described as a radical Islamic group.