– ADEL BATTERJEE
Adel bin Abdul-Jalil Batterjee was born in Saudi Arabia in 1970 to a wealthy family. He himself became a shrewd successful businessman and the brother in law of Osama Bin Laden. Adel Batterjee is today (06/2009) a noted Saudi Arabian businessman and philanthropist, most widely known as the incorporator of the U.S., Canadian, and Saudi Arabian branches of the purported terrorist funding conduit “Benevolence International Foundation” -BIF-. Already from the mid 90s’ Adel Batterjee helped, through his connections, to finance Islamic volunteers in Bosnia.
The name of Adel Batterjee was mentioned on a list of purported sponsors of Al Qaeda that was seized in 03/2002 in a raid by Bosnian police authorities on the premises of the “Benevolence International Foundation” in Sarajevo, known as the “Golden Chain”. The list includes at least 20 top Saudi and Gulf Emirates financial sponsors including bankers, businessmen, and former ministers and was believed to be written in 1998.
Adel Batterjee is free in Saudi Arabia (06/2009), but is under a worldwide travel ban, financial embargo, and weapons embargo by the UN and a financial embargo by the USA Department of Treasury, which declared him a terrorist financier on 11/24/2004.
As of 2002 Adel Batterjee was head of the Al Shamal Islamic Bank in Sudan and was one of its largest shareholders. According to a 1996 U.S. State Department factsheet the bank was capitalized with $50 million by Osama Bin Laden and other National Islamic Front, later members. Al Qaeda members funded via this bank included Jamal al-Fadl and Wadih el Hage .
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