Declassified documents show possible link between man in Colorado and 9/11

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DENVER -- There is a growing call for the government to release a secret, 28-page report on possible Saudi Arabian involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

It discusses people suspected of supporting the hijackers while they were in the United States.  The FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers recently obtained declassified documents indicating one of the possible helpers might have been living in Colorado.

In 2006, an Arapahoe County jury convicted Homaidan al-Turki, a Saudi citizen living in Denver, of keeping his maid as a sex slave.

Seven years later, he was in the news again. He was on the verge of being transferred back to Saudi Arabia to serve his sentence there.

But the FBI intervened and Department of Corrections Chief Tom Clements said no to the transfer. A week later, Clements was killed. The case is unsolved, but there have been suspicions that al-Turki might have played a role.

The Problem Solvers confirmed the Joint Terrorism Task Force had been looking at al-Turki for years.

There’s never been an explanation as to why the FBI moved to stop his transfer, but documents from the National Archives might shed some light. They’re labeled “Workplan: Possible Saudi Government and Royal Family Connections to the 9/11 Hijackers."

It’s 47 pages of notes and memos from the staff of the joint congressional investigation into the attacks. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and the 28-page report on possible Saudi connections is sealed.

But the National Archives recently released staff notes and al-Turki’s name comes up repeatedly as someone to look into.

The staff lists the names of possible Saudi government connections to the 9/11 attacks, saying they are “some of the most important individuals with whom the hijackers may have had contact.”

Al-Turki is on the list and described as a Saudi student living in Colorado with ties to the Saudi royal family and government.

In another section the Workplan raises what it calls “key questions.”

  1. Did anyone help fund or provide support for the 9/11 attacks?
  2. Were any individuals aware of the plot before the attacks?

Al-Turki is listed as someone they want to interview about those questions. One of the most significant sections is where the staff lists four questions regarding al-Turki.

The report says the FBI claims al-Turki was in contact with a German cellphone linked to one of the 9/1 hijackers. The hijackers and other key players in the 9/11 plot were part of a radical Islam cell in Germany.

The investigation staff wanted to know whose phone was al-Turki contacting, what was his relationship to that person and was there any information tying him to others involved in the attack or other terrorist groups?

We do not know what, if anything, the final 28-page report says about al-Turki. He is serving his prison sentence in another state and has always denied any involvement with terrorism.

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