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Monday, 5 February, 2001, 13:42 GMT
'Confession' transcripts of bomb suspects
William Sampson
Mr Sampson says he took part in two bombings
Saudi television on Sunday broadcast what it said were the confessions of three western nationals accused of carrying out a bombing campaign.

The following are excerpts from the confessions of the three men: Alexander Mitchell, William Sampson and Ralph Skevins.

Alexander Mitchell: "My name is Alexander Hutton Johnston Mitchell. I am also known as Sandy.

I am of British nationality and I work at the Security Forces Hospital here in Riyadh.

I am the chief anaesthetic technician. I confirm and confess that I was ordered to carry out an explosion here in Riyadh, which took place on Friday, 17 November 2000.


I placed the explosive device under the driver's seat of Christopher's car

Alexander Mitchell
The explosion was directed against Mr Christopher Rodway, who is of British nationality.

During this explosion I was assisted by Dr William Sampson, of Canadian nationality.

I placed the explosive device under the driver's seat of Christopher's car. That afternoon, Christopher came out with his wife, got into the car and drove off.

William detonated the remote control, which caused the explosion in Christopher's car.

Second bomb

We then turned south away from the scene of the incident. We found out later that Christopher had been killed in the explosion and his wife had been injured.

Alexander Mitchell
British national: Alexander Mitchell
A second explosion was authorised and we carried out the order in a car which was similar to that of Christopher Rodway.

The second explosion was planned for 22 November. As Bill and I were discussing the results of the first explosion, a friend of ours, Mr Ralph Carl, a Belgian citizen, overheard our conversation.

It became necessary for us to involve Ralph in carrying out the second explosion to ensure his silence.''


William Sampson: "My name is William James Sampson, also known as Bill. I am a Canadian national working as a marketing consultant for the Saudi Industrial Development Fund.

I admit and acknowledge that I participated with Mr Alexander Mitchell in setting up an explosive device on the vehicle belonging to Mr Christopher Rodway, a British national.

Two days later, Mr Mitchell ordered me to set up a second explosion with the participation of Mr Ralph Skevins, a Belgian national.

The date for this explosion was set at Wednesday 22 November 2000. The explosive device and the remote switch were given to me by Mr Mitchell personally.

Dummy device

Under an agreement with Mr Mitchell, I constructed a dummy device which was given to Mr Ralph Skevins, as we both felt that his correct participation in the following events was uncertain.

I phoned Mr Skevins and told him to plant the device, his device, on the GMC Blazer, parked next to his... I waited in my vehicle and then proceeded to the target vehicle, where I removed the dummy device and planted the real explosive device.''


Ralph Skevins: "My name is Ralph Carl Marya Skevins. I am of Belgian nationality. I work in King Fahd National Heart Hospital as a trauma co-ordinator.

Ralph Skevins
Ralph Skevins: Overheard talk
"I admit that I was in the house with Mr Alexander Mitchell, and also that I have heard a conversation between Alexander Mitchell and Dr William Sampson regarding the first car explosion where Mr Christopher Rodway died.

Later, Mr Alexander Mitchell informed me of his real involvement in the explosion. He also told me that he required me for the second explosion. My role would be to actually place the explosion under the car, which would be later appointed to me.

Four injured

"I received the explosive device from Dr William Sampson and I went to Al-Falah compound... Later on, I received a phone call from Dr William Sampson to say that I have to place the device under the car parked on the right side of me...

[A short time later] I saw the car explode in front of me. I parked my car immediately behind the car and I helped the people out to extricate them.

There was one severe injury and three are light injuries. Everything I write down is in the books and is all in detail. Everything I say is a truth."

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