Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point
On Air
Low Graphics

Sunday, August 30, 1998 Published at 21:01 GMT 22:01 UK

World: Africa

Sudan denies Bin Laden links

Sudan says it has no links now with Osama bin Laden

Barbara Plett reports from Khartoum on Sudan's denial of links with Osama bin Laden:

The Sudanese Foreign Minister said Khartoum had cut all links with Osama bin Laden since he left the country in 1995 under pressure from Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Mr Ismail said the companies once owned by the Saudi dissident are now in the hands of the Sudanese government or private businessmen.

US officials had at first linked the bombed medicine factory to Mr bin Laden - they said it was part of his economic network and that he was using it to produce chemical weapons agents.

But faced with denials from the Sudanese owner, they pulled back from direct links and said Osama bin Laden was involved in a Sudanese military-industrial complex with connections to the plant.

Mr bin Laden does own a Nile-front property here that he is trying to sell for two million dollars, but US officials have acknowledged the difficulty of determining the exact nature of his financial network, which is shrouded in secrecy.

Despite this, the American ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, said it was totally untrue that Sudan had cut ties with Osama bin Laden.

In a televised interview on Sunday, he said the US had evidence of links between Sudan, Mr bin Laden and Iraq.

Mr Richardson also rejected Sudanese calls for a UN investigation to verify American claims about the factory.

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©

Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia

Relevant Stories

26 Aug 98 | US strikes
US strikes: in-depth coverage

21 Aug 98 | South Asia
Who is Osama bin Laden?

21 Aug 98 | Africa
Sudan broadcasts air strike aftermath

In this section

Dam builders charged in bribery scandal

Burundi camps 'too dire' to help

Sudan power struggle denied

Animal airlift planned for Congo

Spy allegations bug South Africa

Senate leader's dismissal 'a good omen'

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Zimbabwe constitution: Just a bit of paper?

South African gays take centre stage

Nigeria's ruling party's convention

UN to return to Burundi

Bissau military hold fire

Nile basin agreement on water cooperation

Congo Brazzaville defends peace initiative

African Media Watch

Liberia names new army chief