- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 26, 2002

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A Saudi princess yesterday denied accusations from a lawyer representing September 11 victims' families that she had any connection to an apartment linked to a Saudi citizen who later lived with members of a terrorist cell related to al Qaeda.
Jean-Charles Brisard, a lawyer heading an investigation on behalf of families of the September 11 victims, said Sunday that Princess Haifa al-Faisal since 1988 had owned a Washington apartment that in 1997 was occupied by a Saudi named Mansour Majib.
Princess Haifa, the wife of the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, "vehemently denies" renting or owning such an apartment and of knowing anyone by that name, said a spokesman who did not want to be named.
The spokesman said the address named by Mr. Brisard was a bank, not an apartment building.
In July 2001, Mr. Majib moved to Dearborn, Mich., where he lived with three persons who were arrested at the end of September 2001 on suspicion of being members of an al Qaeda sleeper cell, Mr. Brisard said.
"The princess is devastated by all those allegations," the spokesman said, referring also to U.S. authorities' investigation into the money trail that financed two of the September 11 terrorists. The investigation led indirectly to checks written by the princess.
Of the 19 hijackers, 15 were Saudi citizens.


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