A relative of late al Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden, featured in discussions about potential traders in Sheffield United soccer membership.
The revelation emerged throughout a Excessive Courtroom battle between the newly-promoted Premier League membership’s co-owners, Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz al Saud – a member of the Saudi royal family.
Legal professionals informed Mr Justice Fancourt that in a gathering in Dubai in 2017, Saleh Mohammed bin Laden was talked about.
Barrister Andreas Gledhill QC, representing an organization managed by Prince Abdullah, associated a number of the prince’s proof to the choose.
Mr Gledhill stated: “Prince Abdullah states in his proof that on the Dubai assembly, ‘the potential of new funding in the soccer membership and the related actual property from Saudi-based traders was mentioned’.
“‘One of the investors mentioned at that meeting was Mr Saleh Mohammed bin Laden, a Saudi businessman and part of the bin Laden family’.”
He added that certainly one of Mr McCabe’s sons, Simon, had reacted by saying: “It did cause me to sit up straight for a moment… my only thought was that we would not want to go into a partnership or an investment vehicle with ‘the’ bin Laden family.”
In a written witness assertion, Mr McCabe informed the choose he recalled “one such investor” talked about at a gathering being “Saleh bin Laden, a member of the bin Laden family”.
Mr McCabe and Prince Abdullah are engaged in a battle for management after falling out following a six-year alliance.
Sheffield United Ltd, an organization managed by Mr McCabe and his family, is alleging “conspiracy” and “unfairly prejudicial conduct”, and is asking for damages.
UTB LLC, managed by Prince Abdullah, needs declarations in respect of its rights below an funding and shareholders’ settlement.