The Financial Sponsorship of International al-Qaeda Affiliated Islamist Terrorist Networks in Saudi
This report was initiated in the context of a Foreign & Commonwealth Office Roundtable on human rights in Saudi Arabia on 15th July 2009, hosted by HM Government’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir William Patey KCMG. During this meeting, several delegates, including this author, raised questions concerning Saudi Arabia’s alleged role as a centre of Islamist extremism both regionally and globally. In particular, this author raised concerns about evidence in the public record alleging the financial sponsorship of Islamist extremist and terrorist networks affiliated to al-Qaeda by elements of the Saudi state and royal family. In reply to these discussions during the Roundtable, Ambassador Patey requested the delegates to provide detailed and specific evidence of the same, including naming potential suspect individuals, for his considered review. This report is a response to this request.
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