EXCLUSIVE: Further Muslim Brotherhood Connections Of The IIRO


Investigative research has determined that the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), a Saudi charity whose Indonesian and Philippine offices have been designated by the US Treasury in connection with the financing of Al Qaeda, had further ties to the brother of an important US Muslim Brotherhood leader. A post from earlier today discussed the newly opened Florida office of IIRO. As that post discussed, IIRO had ties to the SAAR Foundation, closely tied to the leadership of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the US Muslim Brotherhood:

IIRO in the US had previously operated out of an office in Falls Church, Virginia by Dr. Sulaiman bin Ali Al-Ali, described by one media report as a “wealthy and influential figure in Saudi Arabia who, as a member of IIRO’s executive committee had solicited donations directly from the Saudi Royal family.” (This report also discusses earlier allegations that Dr. Al-Ali and IIRO in the U.S. had been involved with the financing of terrorism.) IIRO in the U.S. also had ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. According to US law enforcement documents, a DC corporation known as Sana-Bell had been established to generate funds for the operations of a Virginia non-profit corporation known as the International Relief Organization (IRO) which was the U.S. arm of IIRO. Sana-Bell had the same Herndon, Virginia address as the now defunct SAAR Foundation, a network of Islamic organizations funded by a Saudi Arabian banking family and led by the same individuals who founded and now head the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the US Brotherhood. Yaqub Mirza, the SAAR Treasurer and also close to IIIT, was the Sana-Bell Secretary.

As noted in that post, the DC corporate registration for IIRO US, in the name of Dr. bin Ali Al-Ali, was revoked in 2002. However, Virginia State corporate records show past registrations for both the International Islamic Relief Organization and the International Relief Organization in that state, indicating that Mohamed S. Omeish was the sole officer for both organizations. Mohamed S. Omeish  is likely the same individual known to be the brother of Esam Omeish, the long time President of the Muslim American Society (MAS), part of the US Muslim Brotherhood and close to the Egyptian organization.

According to the sworn statement of a US federal law enforcement officer as well as various public records, Mohamed Omeish is also an officer of the American Muslim Foundation and the Success Foundation both located at the same address as the MAS headquarters in Virginia. The former President of the American Muslim Foundation and Secretary of the Success Foundation was Abdul Rahman Alamoudi, convicted in a plot to murder Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah on behalf of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. Both organizations received donations from the SAAR Foundation where Mr. Alamoudi was employed as an executive Assistant during the 1990s’. According to evidence presented in the statement, SAAR officer Yaqub Mirza assisted in the registration of a trust in the Isle of Mann known as the Happy Hearts Trust, under the control of the Success Foundation. The government also presented evidence that the Happy Hearts Trust, in turn, transferred funds to two organizations serving as Hamas Fronts: the Humanitarian Relief Association in Israel and Human Appeal International in Jordan.

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