Enaam Arnaut, the head of the Islamic Benevolence International Foundation which operated in the United States for nine years, has admitted that the Foundation bought uniforms and sent them for militants in Chechnya.
According to the data at the disposal of the CNN television company, Enaam Arnaut, who is now in custody in Chicago, Illinois, said that the money of the Foundation was used to support the militants abroad and, in particular, for supplying Chechen militants with footwear and uniforms.
The Islamic Benevolence International Foundation conducted its activity in the United States from 1992 to 2001 when it was checked by the US secret services and law enforcement bodies which accused the Foundation's leaders of conniving at the international terrorist organisation Al-Qaida that had been founded by Osama bin Laden.
According to American sources, during the nine years of the existence of the Benevolence International Foundation, founded by Enaam Arnaut, a citizen of the United States and a Syrian by birth, collected a total of 20 million dollars, part of them was transferred to foreign terrorist organisations.
Enaam Arnaut has admitted that his Foundation supplied the terrorists in Chechnya and delivered uniforms and ammunition to the Islamic militants in Bosnia.
Speaking with reporters during his visit to Washington, the Russian President's aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky also touched upon the activity of the Benevolence International Foundation.
"The link between what was going on in Chechnya and is going on now there with the activity of the international terrorist network in the world is a 'recognised fact' in the United States at the present time," said Sergei Yastrzhembsky and added: "We are already fixing the assistance on the part of the United States and are grateful to it for disclosing foreign channels of financing and for neutralising terrorist actions in Chechnya."