World News – Johannesburg – During 2001, South African Bank London were implicated and admitted that they opened a call account for Al Shamal Bank on October 23 1995. At the time the Bank said that the account was opened in anticipation of a trade finance transaction, which did not materialize with the bank.
At the same time, the Bank in South Africa made a public statement and denied that it had any links to the Sudanese Al Shamal Islamic Bank that allegedly acts as a front for the militant Islamic leader, Osama Bin Laden. A few days prior, the former US President George W Bush issued an executive order freezing the US assets of 27 individuals and organizations said to be connected with Bin Laden.
Now, new Atmospheric Intelligence has merged that could place South African Banks at the heart of involvement dated back to 1997 and prior when Yassin al-Qadi, a US-designated terrorist financier who invested US $3 million for a 12 percent interest in Global Diamond Resources Pty that mined diamonds in South Africa. Intelligence strongly indicates that he might have banked with a bank in South Africa.
An investigative journalist who investigated the information during 2011, confirmed banking link findings to a (anonymous) bank in South Africa and it seems that if not the Intelligence, than certainly a bank or two might have known about this issue and the risks they are taking.
What is of paramount importance is that the Diamond company never mined any diamonds and has been in liquidation for some years whilst assets has been set up for sale by a smalltime front lawyer in South Africa. More important is that Global Diamond Resources Pty was established in 1983 and yet no assets nor shares were seized by any authorities.
The question now remains whether and if, the 9/11 were perhaps funded directly with support of any South African banks who could have provided direct access for Al Qaeda to use the US financial markets and possibly financed the 9 /11 epidemic. Several South African Banks are setting up representative offices in Ethiopia and Ivory Coast to push their presence into sub Saharan Africa.
The case of Abd al-Muhsin al-Libi, also known as Ibrahim Tantouche also points to how terrorists secure financing in South Africa. He set up two Al Qaeda financing fronts – the Afghan Support Committee and the Revival of Islamic Society.
Both operated as charities that raised money for orphans; however, in reality the orphans were either dead or non-existent. Experts told World News that this is perhaps a warning sign that USA and the EU have to re-evaluative their funding programs to South Africa since they could be funding the same thing they are fighting without knowing it and at the same time grant access to the US banking system via South African Banks.
The questions continuous, who was their South African bankers and why was it never investigated by the South African Government, is it perhaps that ” The pockets of gold that solved the problems ? ”
Was the notorious Al-Shabab terrorists Samantha Lewthwaite known as the “White Widow” banking with any bank in South Africa and does it lead to a finance trail with one of the Banks to South Africa ? according to some reporters she had a bank account with a South African bank. More important why did the South African National intelligence let her slip away ? Are they participating ?
Whatever the reason, it’s alarmingly pointing towards Bankers in South Africa.
By Jenny Jones USA
- GLOBAL DIAMOND RESOURCES (SA)
- Media 24 South Africa
- The Post
- Standard UK