Suez Secrets: Powerful figures including former intelligence chief accused of hiding illicit wealth

The Suez Secrets which contains confidential information about the accounts of customers of the international private bank Credit Suisse, has revealed that the bank has kept secret the wealth of individuals from all over the world who are involved in corruption money laundering. And involved in serious crimes such as drug trafficking.

Suez Secrets: Powerful figures, including former intelligence chief, accused of hiding "illicit wealth"

The revelations are part of a list of 18,000 bank accounts worth  100 billion by the German newspaper sdosche Zeitung that were part of the Swiss credit bank Swiss.

An investigation into The Suez Secrets based on the information and details of these accounts, has been launched under the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project OCCRP which includes investigative journalists and organizations from around the world including the German newspaper. Had participated.

They include the American newspaper New York Times and the British newspaper The Guardian.

According to the project, the information was given to them in a secret way, which revealed that the money was obtained from money laundering, corruption and drug trafficking from all over the world in this bank of Switzerland, behind which many famous personalities. The name comes.

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Most of the bank's clients are from Egypt Venezuela Ukraine and Thailand according to a Swiss Secrets report published in The Guardian.

Credit Suisse position: The report is based on false information

Credit Suisse a Swiss bank said in a statement that the OCCRP report contained incorrect information which was out of context and based on incomplete details.

It should be noted that according to the OCCRP report many criminals also opened accounts in this bank which is a proof that the bank has not fulfilled its obligation.

The bank said it had reviewed all the accounts details of the report.

According to the bank 90% of these accounts have been closed and 60% have been closed before 2015.

According to the bank the purpose of Swiss Secrets is to target not only Credit Suisse Bank but also the Swiss financial system which has undergone numerous changes in the last few years.

Alleged accounts linked to intelligence chiefs

According to the report, the Swiss bank had accounts of the heads of 15 secret agencies of the world or their relatives, out of which information of intelligence chiefs of Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen and Jordan has been provided. Significantly, these individuals were considered allies of the United States.

Top of the list is Saad Khair, the head of Jordan's intelligence agency, who was serving as a key ally of the United States in the war on terror.

According to the report, his activities were allegedly suspicious as he was accused of smuggling oil and torturing prisoners with the help of the United States.

The report claims that in 2003, Saad Khair opened a personal account at Credit Suisse, valued at nearly 21 21.5 million in seven years.

Saad Khair was ousted by King Abdullah of Jordan in 2005 and died in Vienna in 2009.

This account was closed shortly before his death in 2009.

Another name is Ghalib al-Qamish, the head of Yemen's intelligence agency, who was recruiting US-funded volunteers for the Afghan jihad in the 1980s.

According to the report, al-Qamish was considered a close ally of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and was appointed head of Yemen's secret service in 2000.

The report states that Al-Qamish had opened a private account with Credit Suisse Bank in 1999, valued at US  3.7 million by 2006.

He withdrew  4 million from his account in January 2011, when signs of the Arab Spring began in the Yemeni capital, Aden.

When he was ousted by Yemen's new president in 2014, he moved to the Turkish city of Istanbul, while his sons still operate in Yemen.

The report also includes the name of Omar Suleiman, the head of Egypt's secret service who was considered the right wing of President Hosni Mubarak. According to the report, Omar Suleiman opened an account in Credit Suisse Bank in 2003 at a time when the United States was preparing to invade Iraq.

As of 2007, there were an estimated 63 million Swiss francs in his family's account. After the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Swiss authorities claimed that they were examining the accounts of Hosni Mubarak and his close associates.

During the trial of President Hosni Mubarak, a judge quoted Omar Suleiman as saying that Hussein Salem, an Egyptian businessman, used to run various oil and gas companies under false names for the secret service.

Other intelligence sources include former Venezuelan captain Carlos Luis Aguilera, who was a personal bodyguard to former President Hugo Chavez and later became head of the intelligence agency.

Al-Dulaimi, the chief financial officer of the intelligence agency run by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and Ashraf Marwan, the son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and an intelligence adviser who provided intelligence to Israel in the 1973 war. Also included is the name of police officer rgen Zelensky.

Accounts in the name of General Akhtar Abdul Rehman's sons

While The Suez Secrets contains the names of famous personalities from all over the world, only one important name from Pakistan has appeared in these documents so far.

This is the name of former Pakistani intelligence chief General Akhtar Abdul Rehman who was considered a close associate of former President General Zia-ul-Haq.

On August 17, 1988, General Akhtar Abdul Rehman, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was also on board the plane, which killed General Zia-ul-Haq, the US ambassador to Pakistan, and several military officers.

General Akhtar was the head of intelligence from 1979 to 1987 when Pakistan was helping Afghan Mujahideen against Russia in Afghanistan with the help of US and other countries.

The OCCRP report states that remittances from the United States and Saudi Arabia to Pakistan at that time were deposited in CIA accounts in Switzerland.

The money was later allegedly transferred to Pakistan's intelligence, whose chief, General Akhtar Abdul Rehman, allegedly arranged arms, training and supplies for the Afghan Mujahideen.

According to the report, this was the time when a joint account was opened in the name of General Akhtar Abdul Rehman's three sons, Akbar, Ghazi and Haroon, on July 1, 1985 in Credit Suisse Bank of Switzerland.

According to the report, General Akhtar's sons were between 20 and 30 years old at that time.

According to the report, the amount in the account in 2003 was worth about five million Swiss francs or 3.7 million US dollars.

Just six months after the first account, in January 1986, another account was opened in the name of Akbar, son of General Akhtar Abdul Rehman.