Sunday, November 18, 2001

FRANKFURT, Germany Authorities have found a package containing a lengthy letter from September 11 hijacker Ziad Jarrah to his girlfriend, telling her he would not return from the United States, German prosecutors confirmed yesterday.
Frauke Scheuten, spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor’s office, said a package containing the letter had been sent to Germany by Jarrah, suspected of flying the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. The package, which had the wrong mailing address, was later returned to the United States, where authorities discovered it, she said.
Besides the letter, which Ms. Scheuten described as a love letter bidding the hijacker’s girlfriend farewell, the package also contained papers about Jarrah’s flight training, she said.
“I have done what I had to do,” the German weekly Der Spiegel quoted the letter as saying in an early release yesterday of its edition that goes on sale tomorrow. “You should be very proud, because it is an honor and in the end you will see that everyone will be happy.”
According to the magazine, the four-page letter is dated Sept. 10, and authorities believe it was written hours before the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center were carried out. Because of a mistake in the address, the package was returned to the United States and fell into the hands of the FBI last week, Der Spiegel said.
“Hold on to what you have until we see each other again,” Der Spiegel said Jarrah wrote to his girlfriend, Ayse Sengun, a German of Turkish descent.
Jarrah, a 26-year-old Lebanese native, often visited his girlfriend in the western German city of Bochum, where she was studying medicine. But he lived and studied in Hamburg along with two other hijackers, Mohamed Atta and Marwan Shehhi.
The three are thought to have been the organizers of the attacks and pilots of three of the four planes used to carry out the attacks.
Meanwhile, the German weekly Focus reported yesterday that federal investigators believe Said Bahaji, suspected of organizing apartments, documents and money for the Hamburg cell, may be in Bahrain.
An international arrest warrant has been issued for Mr. Bahaji, who reportedly left Germany eight days before the September 11 attacks and flew to Pakistan. Focus reported that the German-Moroccan national is believed to have left Karachi, Pakistan, three days later for Bahrain.
The report could not be independently confirmed, and German investigators could not immediately be reached for comment.
In addition, Ms. Scheuten said that two men who were arrested in Pakistan while trying to cross illegally into Afghanistan have been returned to Germany and questioned as part of the investigation here into the attacks on New York and Washington.
Identified only as Bekim A., a German citizen, and Ibrahim D., a Lebanese native who was seeking asylum in Germany, the two are believed to have been involved in Saudi-born terrorist Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network.

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