YOUSSEF, RAMZI (c 1963) Ramzi Youssef is a shadowy figure with unknown nationality and a set of confused objectives He is the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, generally regarded as the master planner of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the United Sates Youssef was arrested by the Pakistani authorities in 1995, obviously on the basis of information provided by the US intelligence agencies, and was promptly deported to the United States to stand trial on two counts: conspiracy to blow up a US civilian aircraft over the Pacific and for participating in the 1993 bombing of New York’s World Trade Center Youssef was accused of working with a number of different groups His activities in the Philippines involved a number of Pakistanis who had participated in the war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union

In the United States, he was accused of working with a group of Arab activists, whose principal aim was to punish the United States for providing support to Israel Tried in New York in the World Trade Center bombing case in 1997, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole Following the missile attack on Afghanistan, in August 1998, the US authorities revealed that Youssef might have worked for Osama bin Laden, a Saudi businessman-turned-terrorist

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