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The Baker-Saudi Arabia Connection

by Mark5019 / December 7, 2006 8:52 AM PST

?h In the past few years, Baker Botts--which employs about 700
lawyers, has had annual revenues of about $365 million and
operates offices in Austin, Baku, Dallas, London, Moscow, New
York, Riyadh and Washington, DC.
?h In 2005, the firm expanded its presence in the region by
opening an office in Dubai to complement the existing office in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
?h As Secretary of State in the first Bush Administration, Baker was a
regular visitor to the House of Saud.
?h George H.W. Bush and Baker helped convince their pal and
hunting buddy Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the longtime Saudi
ambassador to the United States to invest in their companies.
?h When two of the most powerful members of the House of
Saud--the Saudi defense minister, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz
Al-Saud, and his brother, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-
Saud, the governor of Riyadh--needed lawyers to defend them
against a lawsuit brought against them and other Saudis by
survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Sultan and Salman
hired Baker Botts.
?h The Baker Botts legal team has openly acknowledged in their brief
that Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has for the past 16 years
approved regular payments of about $266,000 a year to the
International Islamic Relief Organization

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