Interesting Confession: I Provided 9/11 Attackers with Passports

Interesting Confession: I Provided 9/11 Attackers with Passports

August 14, 2005, Sunday/ 17:41:00/ ERCAN GÜN
Al Qaeda Militant Luai Sakra, arrested for organizing the double bomb attacks in Istanbul on 15-23 November, has claimed to have played a role in the September 11 attacks to World Trade Center (WTI) in New York.

Syrian citizen Sakra has confessed to Turkish police that he provided the attackers of September 11, accepted as the biggest terrorist attack of the history, with passports. Sakra, who has been interrogated in Istanbul Police Department Anti Terror Office for 4 days has made many interesting confessions. He noted that he knew Muhammad Ata, planner of the attacks on the WTI and Pentagon. Sakra claimed that he has organized terrorist activities for Jihad but he said that he drinks alcohol and does not pray.

Sarka said: “I was one of the people who knew the perpetrators of September 11, and knew the time and plan before the attacks. I also participated in the preparations for the attacks to WTI and Pentagon. I provided money and passports.”

Some of the passports, which Sakra claimed to have provided himself, were strangely found in the ruins of WTI. Luai Sakra, who is said to be one of the 5 most important members of Al Qaeda, said that he had no connection with the attacks in Sharm Al Sheikh, where 88 people were killed.

Confessions of Sakra, who was interrogated at the Istanbul Anti-Terror Directorate, have not been turned into an official statement. Sakra's conversations with police were written down as an official report signed by officials participating in his interrogation, but Sakra is using his right of silence.

'I don't pray, I drink alcohol'

Remarkable anecdotes have emerged between Sakra and the police during his interrogation. The Security Directorate officials told Sakra that he might perform his religious practices to have a better dialogue with him and to gain his confidence. "I do not pray. I also drink alcohol," Sakra told officials. Officials said Adnan Ersoz and Harun Ilhan, who were detained for connections to the Istanbul attacks, had perfomed their religious practices. The police said such an attitude at the top-level of al-Qaeda was confusing. Security officials noted the al-Qaeda militant has been undergoing psychological therapy and said the following about Sakra: "He has an intellect of a genius. He might develop plans according to momentary situation. There were medicines on him for his illness when he was arrested. He is still undergoing therapy either for manic-depression or panic attacks. He has no university degree but there are doctors and engineers among his siblings. He says he is of Turkish-origin."

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