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#31022 - 12 Jun 06 05:01 N Zealand expels '9/11 associate'
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The man is said to be connected to 9/11 hijacker Hani Hanjour
New Zealand has deported a Saudi man said to be directly associated with one of the 9/11 hijackers.
Rayed Mohammed Abdullah Ali was taking flying lessons when he was arrested last month, New Zealand's Immigration Minister David Cunliffe said.

He added that Mr Ali had lived and trained with Hani Hanjour, believed to have flown Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

Mr Ali was found to pose a security threat and deported to Saudi Arabia on 30 May, Mr Cunliffe said.

Mr Ali, 28, is said to have arrived in New Zealand in February on a student visa, saying he wanted to learn English in order to train for his commercial airline pilot's licence.

Mr Cunliffe said Mr Ali's identity had not been immediately apparent to authorities because "he used a variation of his name in applying for entry".

No right to appeal

Mr Ali initially settled in Auckland but moved to the town of Palmerston North in May, where he took lessons at the Manawatu Aero Club, reported the Weekend Herald newspaper.

On 29 May he was arrested, and the next day he was deported under escort to Saudi Arabia.


A "Rayed Abdullah" is named in the 9/11 Commission report

"He was directly associated with persons responsible for the terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001," said the minister.

The 9/11 congressional report into the attacks names "Rayed Abdullah" as living in Phoenix, Arizona, with Hanjour. He is said to have undertaken flight simulator training with Hanjour.

Mr Cunliffe refused to comment on what happened to Mr Ali after he returned to Saudi Arabia.

Mr Ali is only the second person deported under Section 72 of New Zealand's Immigration Act, which offers no right to appeal.

'Moderate'

Mr Cunliffe would not comment on what specific information the government had on Mr Ali, but told the Weekend Herald: "We're satisfied he is the right man."

But Captain Ravindra Singh, the chief flying officer at the Palmerston North flying club, told the newspaper Mr Ali was "quite intelligent and a moderate person... I'm 99% sure he was genuine."

Mr Ali is said to have been born and raised in Saudi Arabia, but travelled on a Yemeni passport.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5066696.stm
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#31023 - 12 Jun 06 08:25 Re: N Zealand expels '9/11 associate'
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National Question Terror Preparedness

Questions are being asked as to whether New Zealand authorities are paying due attention to the threat of terrorism.

It comes just after the revelation a Yemeni man with connections to the September 11 attacks was deported after spending four months in the country.

National's defence spokesman Murray McCully says under the Suppression of Terrorism Act, people suspected of terror connections are supposed to be put on a list.

While Australia has listed 88 people and Canada more than 50, New Zealand has so far listed no one.

Mr McCully says the question has to be asked if the SIS and other agencies are using the Act as the tool it was intended to be.


http://xtramsn.co.nz/news/0,,11981-5894576,00.html
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