Nabil al Marabh was born in Kuwait in 1966. In the late 1980s, he [Nabil al Marabh] moved to Massachusetts and took a driver's job at the Boston Cab Company. Using that city as a base of operations, he almost immediately began establishing multiple "residences"--and acquiring multiple identification documents--there, in Florida, in Toronto, and eventually in Detroit.
Al Marabh also, probably in 1994, spent some time in a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan; he later showed his sometime Boston girlfriend, Laura Phillips, photographs of the place.
In Afghanistan al Marabh met Raed M. Hijazi, whom he brought back to Boston and found work for at the cab company. The two men lived together briefly, until Hijazi moved in with yet another Boston Cab employee, Bassam Kanj. Kanj would later be killed while leading an al Qaeda attack against a Lebanese army division in the mountains outside Tripoli. Hijazi is the millennium bomb plotter mentioned by the Post. Al Marabh is known to have made thousands of dollars in overseas wire transfers to Hijazi as that plot was being planned.
-------- "Due Process for Terrorists?," by David Tell, for the Editors , The Weekly Standard, 07/01/2002, Volume 007, Issue 41
TORONTO - The FBI in Chicago has arrested a man named Nabil al-Marabh, a Boston cab driver who lived in Toronto for six years and was charged in Canada with carrying a fake passport. But there are at least two other Toronto connections. CBC News reported earlier this week that two Egyptian men are in custody in Toronto, accused by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service of being members of a terrorist organization. Now CBC News has learned that CSIS has given evidence to the Federal Court that seeks to link these men to the extremist group Al Jihad, to Osama bin Laden, and even to Iraqi intelligence.
The evidence comes from court records in the 1999 case of Mahmoud Jaballah, a father of six who's being held in maximum security in Toronto. According to Jaballah's testimony, he's a devout Islamic teacher, but with a curious history. He says he was "persecuted" in his native Egypt, arrested seven times, then fled to Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage, then to Pakistan, then to Yemen on a false Iraqi passport. Jaballah testified: "I thought to leave Pakistan with a false passport and I travelled from there to Yemen." He testified he had come from Iraq. Finally, Jaballah came to Canada on a false Saudi passport in May 1996. He won refugee status, saying he'd worked in Pakistan for the International Islamic Relief Organization. But CSIS says that organization is linked to Osama bin Laden. The purported link is a man called Ayman Zawahiri. Zawahiri is on the FBI's terrorism watch list and he's said by Israeli intelligence to be a key contact for bin Laden's Al Qaeda organisation with Iraqi intelligence. Jaballah's lawyer says his client is in jail while none of these allegations have been proved. Jaballah won't get a hearing on all that until the end of October. ------- "More Toronto connections to terror attacks," CBC News [Canada], Last Updated Fri, 21 Sep 2001 15:51:17 EDT