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Profile: Majeda Dweikat

 
  

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April 1998: Hijacker Associate Receives Saudi Money; FBI Fails to Investigate      Complete 911 Timeline

       Osama Basnan, a Saudi living in California, claims to write a letter to Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar bin Sultan and his wife, Princess Haifa bint Faisal, asking for financial help because his wife needs thyroid surgery. The Saudi embassy sends Basnan $15,000 and pays the surgical bill. However, according to University of California at San Diego hospital records, Basnan's wife, Majeda Dweikat, is not treated until April 2000. [Los Angeles Times, 11/24/02] Basnan will later come under investigation for possibly using some of this money to support two of the 9/11 hijackers who arrive in San Diego, although the 9/11 Commission has concluded that evidence does not support these charges. [9/11 Commission Report, 6/16/04] Prior to this time, the FBI had several chances to investigate Basnan, but failed to do so. In 1992, they received information suggesting a connection between him and a militant group later associated with bin Laden. In 1993, they received reports that Basnan hosted a party for al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman the year before, but again they failed to investigate. [9/11 Congressional Inquiry, 7/24/03] According to one US official, Basnan later “celebrate[s] the heroes of September 11” and talks about “what a wonderful, glorious day it had been” at a party shortly after 9/11. [Newsweek, 11/24/02; San Diego Magazine, 9/03]
People and organizations involved: Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia, Osama Basnan, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Majeda Dweikat, 9/11 Commission, Haifa bint Faisal, Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman, Osama bin Laden
          

December 4, 1999: Saudi Ambassador's Wife Gives Funds That Are Possibly Passed to Hijackers      Complete 911 Timeline

      
Prince Bandar (pictures of his wife and Osama Basnan are not available).
Princess Haifa bint Faisal, the wife of Prince Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to the US, begins sending monthly cashier's checks of between $2,000 and $3,500 (accounts differ) to Majeda Dweikat, the Jordanian wife of Osama Basnan, a Saudi living in San Diego. Accounts also differ over when the checks were first sent (between November 1999 and about March 2000; a Saudi government representative has stated December 4, 1999 [Fox News, 11/23/02] ). Basnan's wife signs many of the checks over to her friend Manal Bajadr, the wife of Omar al-Bayoumi. [Guardian, 11/25/02; Newsweek, 11/24/02; Newsweek, 11/22/02; Washington Times, 11/26/02] Some later suggest that the money from the wife of the Saudi ambassador passes through the al-Bayoumi and Basnan families as intermediaries and ends up in the hands of the two hijackers. The payments from Princess Haifa continue until May 2002 and may total $51,000, or as much as $73,000. [Newsweek, 11/22/02; MSNBC, 11/27/02] While living in the San Diego area, al-Bayoumi and Basnan are heavily involved in helping with the relocation of, and offering financial support to, Saudi immigrants in the community. [Los Angeles Times, 11/24/02] In late 2002, al-Bayoumi claims he did not pass any money along to the hijackers. [Washington Times, 12/04/02] Basnan has variously claimed to know al-Bayoumi, not to know him at all, or to know him only vaguely. [MSNBC, 11/27/02; ABC News, 11/25/02; ABC News, 11/26/02; Arab News, 11/26/02] However, earlier reports say Basnan and his wife were “very good friends” of al-Bayoumi and his wife. Both couples lived at the Parkwood Apartments at the same time as the two hijackers; prior to that, the couples lived together in a different apartment complex. In addition, the two wives were arrested together in April 2001 for shoplifting. [San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/22/02]
People and organizations involved: Osama Basnan, Majeda Dweikat, Omar al-Bayoumi, Haifa bint Faisal, Manal Bajadr
          

August 22-November 2002: Possible Hijacker Associate Is Arrested, Then Deported      Complete 911 Timeline

       Osama Basnan, an alleged associate of 9/11 hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar, and his wife are arrested for visa fraud. [Newsweek, 11/22/02; Los Angeles Times, 11/24/02] One report says he is arrested for allegedly having links to Omar al-Bayoumi. [Arab News, 11/26/02] On October 22, Basnan and his wife, Majeda Dweikat, admit they used false immigration documents to stay in the US. [San Diego Channel 10, 10/22/02] Possible financial connections between Basnan and al-Bayoumi, Alhazmi and Almihdhar, and the Saudi royal family are known to the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry (as well as the FBI and CIA) at this time. Remarkably, Basnan is deported to Saudi Arabia on November 17, 2002. His wife is deported to Jordan the same day. [Washington Post, 11/24/02] Less than a week after the deportations, new media reports make Basnan a widely known suspect. [Newsweek, 11/22/02]
People and organizations involved: Majeda Dweikat, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Omar al-Bayoumi, Central Intelligence Agency, Osama Basnan, Khalid Almihdhar, Nawaf Alhazmi, 9/11 Congressional Inquiry
          

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