Kamal Adham

Joseph Lloyd filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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Due May 26, 2017
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From: Joseph Lloyd

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Kamal Adham (1929 – 29 October 1999) was a businessman and former director general of Saudi Arabia's 'Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah' or the general intelligence directorate. He served as a royal counsellor to both King Faisal and King Khalid.

Adham was very crucial in maintaining the relations with Egypt. CIA financially supported Anwar Sadat, then vice president of Gamal Nasser, through Adham when Sadat had financial problems. Adham was also sent by King Faisal to meet Sadat in May 1971, shortly after he sworn in as president.[16] Adham tried to persuade him to cooperate with the US.

Adham signed the charter of the Safari Club, an anti-communist foreign policy initiative proposed and realized by French intelligence chief Alexandre de Marenches, on behalf of Saudi Arabia in 1976. The other participating countries of the Club were Egypt, Iran and Morocco. The first meeting of the group was held in Saudi Arabia in 1976. Adham became a significant figure in the Club and worked for it for a long time.

Adham also had business activities, for which he used his connections with the House of Saud. His business dealings began in 1957, long before his post as the head of the GIP. He founded the Kamal Adham Group in Saudi Arabia, which became one of the biggest companies in the country.

Raymond Close, a former CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia, left CIA and began to work for Adham in 1977 when he was the head of the GIP. Adham was also one of the major shareholders of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).

In 1961, then Saudi oil minister Abdullah Tariki claimed on evidence that Adham, who was dealing with business at that time, got 2% of the profits from the Arabian Oil Company that had been co-founded by Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Adham involved in the huge BCCI scandal at the beginning of the 1990s. The US prosecutors accused him of playing a key role in the secret and illegal takeover of First American bank by BCCI. In 1992, he pleaded guilty in the US under a deal with the prosecutors. He paid a $105m (£53m) fine in return for a reduced sentence. In addition, he told them all he knew about BCCI's secret network of worldwide fraud and corruption. As a result of this incident, Adham was barred from the finance sector.

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Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Joseph Lloyd

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