Saudi Man Denies bin Laden Link
Dec. 06, 2001
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) _ A Saudi businessman has reportedly denied a German report that he once tried to procure missiles and other materials for associates of Osama bin Laden.
Hassan Enany was quoted in Thursday's edition of the Saudi newspaper Okaz as saying he is considering legal action against the German magazine Stern for libel.
Stern published an interview Wednesday with an unnamed German businessman who said that in 1993, Enany approached him about purchasing missiles, biological and chemical substances that were intended for Arab friends with connections to bin Laden.
Bin Laden and his al-Qaida network have been blamed for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
A spokesman for Germany's Federal Criminal Office, Juergen Stoltenow, said Wednesday that investigators had questioned the German man quoted in Stern and that an inquiry was under way.
Enany was quoted as saying that the Stern report was full of ``false allegations'' triggered by ``the current Western hounding of Saudis.'' Efforts to reach Enany, whose company apparently owns a software firm that distributes German-made systems, were unsuccessful.
Fifteen of the 19 suicide hijackers were Saudis. Three of the Sept. 11 hijackers lived and studied in Germany where authorities believe they and at least three others hatched the worst terrorist attack in history.