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US Diplomat Accused Saudis of Aiding Philippine Terrorists

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Sept. 6, 2011 (LPAC) — According to recently released Wikileak documents, former US Ambassador to the Philippines Francis Ricciardone accused the Saudi envoy in Manila of interfering in cases against Saudi subjects who were under investigation for supporing terrorists in the southern province of Mindanao.

The US Embassy in Manila, in a May 4, 2005 cable classified as secret and sent by Ambassador Ricciardone, expressed alarm at the “disturbing trend” involving Saudi envoy Mohammed Ameen Wail and senior Philippine police and immigration officials. Wali repeatedly met with government officials, arranging the release of at least three Saudis into his custody for deportation, ending the investigation into their terrorist connections. In one case, Ricciardone said, a Saudi named Talhi “had admitted to giving $8,000 to Cotabato (a city in Mindanao) mayor Muslimin Sema, whose meetings with suspected terrorist financiers caused us to suspend a USAID road project.” Saudi envoy Wali then met with the Philippine Immigration Commissioner, and Talhi was released.

Ricciardone said in one leaked cable that the Saudis’ public pronouncements against terrorism “are contradicted by a developing pattern of effective Saudi embassy influence on GRP (Govt. of Philippines) officials to release suspected [terrorist] financiers.” He added that the Saudis had “powerful access and influence with senior [Philippine] law enforcement officials, undoubtedly stemming from the important role the remittances of overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia play in keeping the weak Philippine economy afloat.” There are about one million Filipinos working in Saudi Arabia.

Ricciardone reported that he told the Philippine Foreign Minister that “there have been no discernible Saudi efforts to guard against private Saudi funding to extremist Islamic groups here.”

The current head of the renegade faction of the MILF, Ameril Umbra Kato, who is refusing to participate in peace talks with the government, was educated in Saudi Arabia.

Top Indonesian Terrorist Was Arrested in Abbottabad in January

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May 5, 2011 (LPAC)–Indonesia, currently the chair of ASEAN, is hosting an ASEAN Summit this weekend in Jakarta, for the heads of state of the ten-nation association (Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Singapore). Major security precautions are being prepared, of which the following is relevant background.

One of the leading actors in the 2002 Bali bombing and other terrorist operations in Indonesia, was arrested in Pakistan last January 25. Although it was not seen as important at the time, the arrest was in Abbottabad, the site of the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed this week. Pakistani and American intelligence officials are telling the press that Umar Patek was not believed to have met with bin Laden, but did meet with other al Qaeda operatives during his under-cover visit to Pakistan.

Umar Patek is known to have trained in Pakistan before the 9/11/2001 attacks in the US, and to also have ties to the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyef in the Philippines. His Filipina wife was with him when he was arrested in January.

In Indonesia, a spokesman for Jema’ah Ansharut Tauhid, the group associated with Abu Bakar Bashir, the intellectual leader of the extremists in Indonesia (who is standing trial yet again for fostering terrorism), declared that bin Laden has “had the victory he dreamed of — that is to be shot dead as a martyr by his enemy.” He predicted that there will be major retaliations.