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A former radicalized Muslim who was a member of the PLO before converting to Christianity two decades ago says he has identified a number of high Saudi Arabian officials, including a defense attaché, as being linked to a Virginia residence where local authorities have launched a “domestic servitude” investigation.
According to local reports, including those at WAMU, immigration officials last week began investigating a report of human trafficking at a Fairfax County, Va., home that is owned by Saudi Arabia.
Reports said two possible victims of “domestic servitude” were removed from the residence and Brandon Montgomery, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the station authorities were beginning a full investigation.
Station WTOP noted that U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., was looking for action to follow.
“We should tell those people they have to leave the country and I think the State Department ought to make it clear to the Saudi government that this must never happen again, period,” the congressman said.
He said the situation could have ranged from low- or unpaid domestic help to servitude as a sex slave.
There was no comment from Saudi Arabia’s embassy or officials, but Walid Shoebat said in a website report that “several from the highest profile Saudi military attaches resided there or used this address and were possibly ‘served’ at this compound by the two workers.”
Shoebat explains he used to be a radicalized Muslim willing to die for the cause of jihad. Before his conversion to Christianity, he explains, he was involved in terror activity and was imprisoned in Jerusalem for three weeks.
“In prison, I was recruited to plant a bomb in Bethlehem as a result of which, thank God, no one was injured,” he writes.
He cited an ABC report that said the women claimed their passports were held and they were forced to work long hours without pay, and other forms of mistreatment.
Shoebat noted the home is only a few miles from Prince Bandar Bin Sultan’s private home in McLean, Va., and his search for the address, 6024 Orris St., reveals links to a number of “the highest profile Saudi military attaches.”
“While the State Department lists the names of Saudi attaches who possibly used the compound, a search into this specific address confirms that those registered as foreign diplomats may have been there.
Among those who were linked:
- Saudi Embassy defense attaché Brig. Gen. Amin Muhammad Shaker.
- Ahmed Rubaiaan (also spelled Ahmed Alrobayan), who was the major general and commander for King Fahd Military and an attaché to the U.S. He now is the appointed general supervisor of the Office of His Royal Highness Second Deputy Prime Minister, Shoebat reported. Shoebat noted that Alrobayan had asked help from an online legal resource he may not have realized was public. He was asking for advice on how to remain in the United States permanently, even though he arrived on a diplomatic status.
- Also identified with the property was military attaché Saleh bin Ali al-Rakaf.
- H. al-Qahtani,who may be Lt. Col. Hadi Baker M. Al-Qahtani, was listed.
- Military attaché Abdul Al-Saif of the Washington embassy.
- Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Banyan, chief of staff for the office of the Minister of Defense.
- And Nahla Alzuhair (female) defense attaché.
Shoebat said his investigation revealed the two women who were removed included B. Saguban, a Filipino, and A. Khan.
“It is not the first time that the U.S. had trouble with Saudi Attaches. In 2004, sources reveal about 70 diplomats and embassy staffers were expelled in late 2003 and dozens of others were ordered to leave the United States for ‘helping promulgate Al Qaida ideology,'” Shoebat wrote.
“Many of those expelled were said to have worked in the office of the Saudi defense attaché,” he said.
“While the story in Virginia involves diplomats protected from prosecution, there are yet several high-profile cases in the United States that do not have diplomatic immunities, yet receive special treatment since the Saudi kingdom has always pressured the United States to set free Saudi offenders,” Shoebat explained.
He cited the Colorado case of Homaidan Al-Turki who was found guilty of holding an Indonesian woman as a sex slave while living in Colorado.
The Saudi government at asked Barack Obama for a pardon in that case. And a video was created promoting that request:
Al-Turki claimed he committed no crime in owning a sex slave.
He apparently is so significant, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers traveled to Saudi Arabia about the case.
"Another high-profile case is Dr. Nabil Al-Ruwais, a Saudi psychiatrist who was imprisoned for attempting to sexually harass a two-year old girl in California," Shoebat said. "His emails indicated that Al Rowais had previously molested 2- and 10-year-old girls in Saudi Arabia. The man's conduct according to investigators 'absolutely shocks the conscience.'
"Our Arabic sources revealed that Al-Riwais is an accomplished figure whose family rules the region of Yamama in Najd taking pride in that they pledged allegiance to Muhammad Abdul Wahhab, the founder of Wahhabism," Shoebat reported.