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Friday, October 24, 2003


Anwar linked to terrorlinked Organisations??

Today's NST, MMail and Straits Times Interactive reported on DSAI possible links to groups accused of funding terrorists.

The Straits Times Interactive is as follows ::

Anwar's name linked to group under probe

MELBOURNE - The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), of which former Malaysian deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim was a director, has been accused in the United States of funding terror activities, including support of the Islamic Jihad, a report said here yesterday.
The report by SBS TV's Dateline programme in Australia also said the Washington-based IIIT had sent a large sum of money, believed to be about RM300,000 (S$137,000), to Anwar's daughter, Ms Nurul Izzah, as a scholarship even though the amount exceeded what was needed for her education.
Dateline, compiled by investigative journalist Ginny Stein, also linked the International Free Anwar Campaign (IFAC) to Al-Qaeda financiers.
It named Melbourne-based IFAC leader Rahim Ghouse and his business partner, Dr Wan Hasni Sulaiman of Kuala Lumpur, as having had business dealings with Sheikh Yassin Al-Qadi, accused in the United States of funding terror activities and declared a terrorist by Singapore.
It was reported that Sheikh Yassin was granted Malaysian permanent residency and had a house in Kuala Lumpur's 'Golden Triangle'.
Mr Rahim, who was granted a business visa to Australia about three years ago, was found by Dateline to be a former director and shareholder in a private company 'that has rung alarm bells in the US'.
'One of his fellow directors has been named by the authorities in America, Australia, Britain, Singapore and the United Nations as a suspected terrorist,' Dateline said.
The show also interviewed counter-terrorism expert Rita Katz, executive director of Search For International Terrorist Entities.
She said Malaysia first came to her attention when the name Anwar Ibrahim kept appearing as she tried to unravel the tentacles of global terror.
She said his name was linked to several groups in the US that were the 'subject of huge, huge investigation'.
Dateline said: 'One of those organisations is the International Institute of Islamic Thought. It's accused of funding the Islamic Jihad.
'The institute was directed by Taha al-Alwani, an Iraqi who also founded the Muslim World League, another group whose assets were frozen by the US government because of its links to terror.
'In a raid last year on the charity's office, documents were uncovered which listed Malaysia's former deputy prime minister as a one-time board member and contributor to the institute's quarterly journal.
'More recently, as these documents show, his daughter, Nurul Izzah, became the recipient of a substantial scholarship.'
Dateline said Sheikh Yassin, Mr Rahim and Dr Wan Hasni were principal shareholders and one-time directors of Abrar International.
Dr Wan Hasni told Dateline he went to the Middle East in 1993 or 1994 to look for investors for Abrar.
It was then that he met Sheikh Yassin who invested 'RM24 million'. Dr Wan Hasni admitted lending Mr Rahim money to become principal shareholder.
Mr Rahim said he had no dealings with Sheikh Yassin since leaving Malaysia for Australia in 1998.
'I left all matters on Abrar to Dr Wan Hasni,' he said.
Anwar was convicted of corruption and has served his six-year jail sentence. He is now serving a nine-year jail term for a sodomy conviction. -- Bernama

The MMail report ::

'The claims are baseless'
Dennis Chua

KEADILAN president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yesterday dismissed claims that an organisation, of which her husband, former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was a director, backed terrorist activities.
She said allegations made by the Australian television station, SBS’ Dateline programme that the United States-based International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) supported terrorism, were baseless.

Wan Azizah said that last month, the IIIT had been cleared of links to terrorism by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
She added that the allegations against Anwar could be politically motivated.
“There are some people out there who may be trying to prevent my husband from making a political comeback after Dr Mahathir (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad) retires.
“Even though such allegations against Anwar were made by people in the West, Malaysians are capable of rebutting them,” she told The Malay Mail last night.
Wan Azizah also denied Dateline’s allegations that the International Free Anwar Campaign (IFAC) was linked to Al-Qaeda’s financiers.
She said the programme’s allegations that her daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar received about RM300,000 from the IIIT as scholarship “even though the amount exceeded what was required for her education” were not true.

Keadilan information chief Khalid Jaafar meanwhile said, it was “nonsense” to suggest that Anwar had anything to do with terrorism as he had repeatedly condemned terrorism by Muslims in his writings.
He said the IIIT of which Anwar was a director, was a promoter of a moderate interpretation of Islam at all times.
Khalid said an Iraqi, Taha Al-Alwani, who founded the Muslim World League and whose league was described as allegedly linked to terrorists by the report, had been cleared of links to terrorism by the FBI last year
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The party’s Wanita chief, Fuziah Salleh, said she was concerned about the report and viewed it as a possible US and Australian attempt to label any Islamic leader and his organisation, however moderate, as “terrorist”, to justify “first strike” policies against Muslim nations.
“We know there is no such link involving Anwar, IIIT and IFAC, and militants. The West should come out with strong proof and not point fingers,” she said.


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