Malaysian Flight MH370, 9/11 Terrorism, Yassin al-Qadi and Anwar Ibrahim

If you listen to the news media, the pilot of Malaysian Flight MH370 is nothing but a generous family man. And yet he is known to be related to the son-in-law of the head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, who has known terrorist connections.

The FBI which covered up 9/11 will undoubtedly be the first to attest to the innocence of the pilot.

While the British have succeeded in diverting the investigation of Malaysian Flight 370 south into the South Indian Ocean where they know only floating rubbish will be found, let’s look more closely at Anwar Ibrahim.

In 2006 FrontPage Magazine.com reported: “A quick glance at his [Anwar Ibrahim’s] website reveals a prominently featured photo of Ibrahim together with Yusuf Qaradawi, a leading Islamist scholar who is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood and supports Hamas.” Qaradawi would later issue a fatwa calling for the assassination of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya and Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The website goes on to report that Anwar Ibrahim is founder and director of the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a think tank in Virginia that had links to terrorism. IIIT’s 2003 tax-exempt IRS filing lists a $720 donation to the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation of Ashland, Oregon, which was designated as a terrorist funding organization by the U.S. government in 2004. Among the Treasury Department’s findings were that the Oregon branch of al-Haramain engaged in tax fraud, money laundering, supporting Chechen mujahideen affiliated with al-Qaeda, and had direct links between the U.S. branch and Osama bin Laden. Many of al-Haramain’s offices around the world were closed for supporting terrorism.

Accordin to the Terror Finance Blog, Anwar Ibrahim’s IIIT is named as a defendant in two class-action lawsuits brought by victims of the 9/11 attacks. One alleges that IIIT received the bulk of its operating expenses from the SAAR network, whose component groups are accused in another class-action suit of being “fronts for the sponsor of al-Qaeda and international terror.”

Ibrahim, along with three other IIIT directors, is also a trustee of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). According to Congressional testimony by Jonathan Winer, former Deputy Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement, in October 2002 WAMY made Hamas leader Khalid Mishal an honored guest at a conference held in Riyadh.

Moreover, the International Free Anwar Campaign (IFAC), which was established when Ibrahim was in a Malaysian prison, has links to al-Qaeda. Rahim Ghouse, who was an IFAC leader based out of Melbourne, Australia, had business dealings with Yassin al-Qadi, who is on the Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Terrorists for funding al-Qaeda.

In his book Desperately Seeking Paradise Zianuddin Sardar gives an account of how somewhere around the time George H.W. Bush’s first Gulf War was about to or had commenced, he was persuaded to fly to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of certain wealthy Saudis to receive a grant of $5 million that was to enable him to set up a think tank.

Sardar was then in Malaysia, had reservations about making the trip, but was persuaded to go by Anwar Ibrahim, who was then Minister for Education but about to be appointed Finance Minister. Sardar writes that Ibrahim told him to accept the Saudi invitation, for the Saudis had been on the phone to him rather often about the gift to Sardar.

Sardar flew to Saudi Arabia, and went on to meet Sheikh Saleh Kamel, founder of the Al Baraka investment group. Also present at that meeting was Anwar Ibrahim, who Sardar says had flown out separately in a Malaysian government jet.

Jamal Barzinji, who heads the SAFA Trust, a bank which is part of the SAAR Foundation, and who together with Anwar Ibrahim and others founded the International Institute of Islamic Thought (he and Ibrahim were then, as now, directors of the IIIT) was appointed a director of the bank and appears to have remained as one until sometime in 2003.

Then, in May 2006, Salah Kamel decided to float his banking assets on the Bahrain Stock Exchange. The now-listed vehicle for the exercise, Al-Baraka Banking Group, (ABG) raised some $580 million in what was termed one of the biggest IPOs in the Middle East.

Anwar Ibrahim was appointed and remains a member of the ABG board.

Dallah Avco, the aviation company which employed the Saudi intelligence agent Al Bayoumi, who made arrangements in San Diego for the first two 9/11 hijackers who arrived in the U.S., is a subsidiary of the Al-Baraka Banking Group.

Saleh Kamel’s name appeared on the “Golden Chain” list, the list of early financial supporters of al-Qaeda discovered in Bosnia. Saleh Kamel was named as a defendant in two Sept. 11th-related lawsuits.

In 1991, Sheikh Yassin al-Qadi and two of Anwar Ibrahim’s closest associates, Dr. Wan Hasni Wan Sulaiman and Dr. Rahim Ghouse, formed Abrar Inc., a fund management company. Abrar was one of Ibrahim’s funding arms, and was, according to American and other intelligence agencies, used to hide and funnel assets to Hamas, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and other groups reliant on Wahhabi funding and support. Al-Qadi was but part of the web of Wahhabi financiers, like Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel, who financed and sponsored young radicals such as Anwar Ibrahim and others in Turkey and Indonesia. Saleh Kamel then enjoyed lucrative contracts and the opportunity to build Wahhabi teachings and influence into developing Muslim states. Qadi’s chalet in Switzerland was raided during the hunt for al-Qaeda, and there authorities found phone records for only a handful of people including Ibrahim and various up-and-coming Turkish politicians. Qadi would also rely on Turkey and future Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other founders of Erdogan’s Islamist, Justice and Development Party (AKP), for protection and access. In September 2005, shortly after his release from prison, Anwar Ibrahim visited Turkey at the invitation of Erdogan’s AKP, for meetings with among others, Erdogan and Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu, now Foreign Minister.

The Turkish press has recently reported that al-Qadi is a close personal friend and business associate of Erdogan and his immediate family.

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