MARY JO WHITE, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of
New York, and LEWIS D. SCHILIRO, Assistant Director in Charge of the
New York FBI Office, announced today the unsealing of a Complaint in
Manhattan federal court charging MOHAMED SADEEK ODEH with involvement
in a conspiracy to bomb the U.S. Embassy Compound in Nairobi, Kenya,
on August 7, 1998.

Specifically, the defendant is charged with murder within the special
maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, conspiring
to commit murder, and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The bombing on August 7 in Nairobi has thus far resulted in at least
258 fatal casualties, among them 12 Americans, and scores of injuries.
The first 12 counts of the Complaint charge ODEH with the deliberate
and premeditated murder of these 12 American, nationals.

According to the Complaint, ODEH is a member of "Al Qaeda", a
worldwide terrorist Organization led by Usama Bin Laden. Al Qaeda's
mission allegedly includes killing members of the American military
stationed in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere; and killing
American civilians worldwide, in an effort to influence, through
terrorist acts, the foreign policy of the United States.

In or about August 1996, Al Qaeda, through its leader Bin Laden,
issued a pronouncement -- or "fatwah" -- to the effect that efforts
should be pooled worldwide to kill Americans, it was charged. More
recently, in or about February 1998, Al Qaeda and other terrorist
organizations acting under the banner of the "World Islamic Front"
issued a declaration that Muslims should kill Americans, including
civilians, anywhere in the world where they could be found, the
Complaint charged. ODEH was allegedly aware of these fatwahs -- and
others issued by Bin Laden calling for action against America.

The defendant, a member of Al-Qaeda from in or about 1992, was
allegedly trained in explosives. In or about 1993, the defendant
allegedly used this training as part of his duties with Al-Qaeda to
instruct Islamic fighters in Somalia who were opposed to the United
Nations operation in that country.

The Complaint charged that from in or about 1996, the defendant has
been living in Kenya, and during that time he has allegedly been in
contact with the top commanders of al Qaeda. Furthermore, another
member of al Qaeda allegedly displayed TNT and detonators to the
defendant during 1996, it was charged.

On or about August 1, 1998, the defendant was allegedly advised that
all al Qaeda members had to leave Kenya by Thursday, August 6, 1998,
the day before the embassy bombing. On or about August 2, 1998, the
defendant allegedly traveled from Mombassa, Kenya to Nairobi for a
meeting with other members of al Qaeda, including an individual known
to defendant as an explosives expert and the leader of al Qaeda's
Kenyan cell. The defendant, who was allegedly using a false passport,
stayed with the other al Qaeda members at the Hilltop Hotel. On or
about August 5, 1998, the defendant allegedly prepared to travel to
meet with al-Qaeda leader Usama Bin Laden.

As further detailed in the Complaint, prior to leaving Kenya, the
defendant was allegedly told by other al Qaeda members that members of
the terrorist organization located in Afghanistan were in the process
of relocating to avoid retaliation from the United States. It was also
the defendant's understanding at this time that one member of al Qaeda
was to remain in Kenya after the others had departed on August 6,

The defendant allegedly stated that he would consider doing violent
bombings against Americans in Saudi Arabia or Tanzania if asked to do
so by Usama Bin Laden but that he would not participate in such an
endeavor on Kenyan soil and he further denied involvement in the
recent embassy bombings, ODEH also allegedly denied having ever been
in Tanzania despite the fact that two other witnesses who know him
advised the FBI that the defendant had told each of them that the
defendant had been in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for several months
within the past year.

According to the Complaint, ODEH accepted responsibility for the
Tanzania and Kenya embassy bombings because he was a member of al
Qaeda and that group had carried out the attacks.

Ms. WHITE and Mr. SCHILIRO said the following organizations aided the
investigation of this case: the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the
New York City Police Department, the Joint Terrorist Task Force, the
United, States Department of State, the United States Secret Service,
the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Federal
Aviation Administration, the United States Marshals Service, the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the New York State Police
and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Ms. WHITE praised
the investigative efforts and cooperation of the organizations
involved in the case.

Ms. WHITE also praised the Governments of Kenya and Tanzania for their
cooperation in this investigation.

United States Attorney General JANET RENO stated: "This is an
important step forward, but we are not letting up."

Ms. WHITE stated: "These charges mark the successful beginning of our
efforts to bring each and every individual responsible for these
attacks on our embassies to justice. We will continue to pursue all
those who seek to instill fear and terror through the murder of
innocent civilians and we will ensure that they are held accountable
for their crimes."

Mr. SCRILIRO stated: "Having just returned from Kenya and Tanzania, I
saw firsthand the doggedness and determination of the many
investigators from the United States, including the FBI/New York City
Police Department Joint Terrorist Task Force. Due to their superb
investigative efforts, under very difficult and unique circumstances,
and with the total cooperation of the law enforcement entities Of both
countries, this investigation has made rapid progress. Those who would
do harm to United States citizens or to the interests of the United
States or to any innocent victims are put on notice that they will be
identified, apprehended and made to pay for their actions."

ODEH was presented today before United States Magistrate Judge SHARON
E. GRUBIN in Manhattan federal court, and was ordered detained. If
convicted, he faces life imprisonment without the possibility of
parole, or death.

Assistant United States Attorneys PATRICK J. FITZGERALD, DAVID N.
KELLEY, MICHAEL J. GARCIA, and KENNETH M. KARAS are in charge of the

The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the
defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Government yesterday indicated that it believed that Mohamed
Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali, who was charged yesterday, is a native of
Yemen. However, his nationality has not yet been confirmed. We regret
any confusion.

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