AP NEWS
Related topics

Saudi Passes 2nd Polygraph Test

November 10, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Saudi man arrested near Washington Dulles International Airport the night of Sept. 11 passed an FBI polygraph test, his attorney said Friday.

It was the second polygraph the FBI has administered to Khalid al-Draibi, who is jailed while under indictment for allegedly making false statements on a visa application.

Drew Hutcheson said his client was questioned at length Monday about his flight training in the United States. The FBI also wanted to know why al-Draibi had numerous driver’s licenses when he was picked up about 13 miles south of the airport, the point of origin for the airplane that crashed into the Pentagon. Police stopped al-Draibi for driving with a flat tire.

According to Friday’s polygraph, al-Draibi was telling the truth when he denied having any contact with any terrorist group or being asked to perform any terrorist mission, Hutcheson said.

Hutcheson said al-Draibi had numerous driver’s licenses because he moved frequently after coming to the United States.

``When he went to various cities, he did not obtain driver’s licenses for any purpose involving misdeeds in the terrorist attacks,″ Hutcheson said.

Al-Draibi was interested in learning to fly small aircraft, Hutcheson said, and didn’t take any training to fly jetliners.

In the interview Monday, the FBI also questioned him about his purpose in coming to the United States and whether he had given any support to the al-Qaida terrorist network. ``He didn’t,″ Hutcheson said.

Al-Draibi passed an FBI polygraph in September in which he denied having any involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks or knowing anything about them in advance.

Hutcheson has said the Saudi lived in several U.S. cities over the past two or three years, working as a cab driver and in retail sales in Nashville, Tenn., Kansas City, Mo., and Birmingham, Ala., among other places.

AP RADIO
Update hourly