A Sudanese former ambassador in The Hague is associated with a terrorist group in international publications, reports NRC.
Sirajuddin Hamid Yousif was ambassador to The Hague between 2010 and 2013. He also received a ribbon from Queen Beatrix at the time.
In the 1990s, according to sources from The New York Times and The Washington Post, he leaked information to terrorists who, among other things, wanted to blow up the United Nations headquarters in 1993.
At that time, he worked for the Sudanese representation at the UN and allegedly forwarded the building plan to the terrorists, as well as the itinerary of the then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who was also a target of the group.
Invitation of Princess Beatrix
By the time the plan was discovered, Yousif was already out of the country. Fifteen years after his departure from the USA, the Netherlands was the first western country where he received another diplomatic post, writes NRC.
According to the newspaper, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Information Service do not want to say whether they were aware of the suspicions against Yousif when they admitted him as ambassador and later appointed a member of the Order of Orange-Nassau. At the invitation of Princess Beatrix, he was present at the reception after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander.
Yousif, currently a lawyer in Khartoum, tells the newspaper that he had nothing to do with the foiled attacks in New York and that he was framed by the FBI. According to the former diplomat, the US was looking for ways to persuade the UN to proclaim sanctions against Sudan. According to Yousif, the United States has never shown any evidence.