FINALLY! Rudi Dekkers Behind Bars for Drug Trafficking
The long run of Rudi Dekkers, 56, the Dutch national who first passed out bunks to Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi when they arrived in the United States to enroll at Huffman Aviation in Venice, Florida, ended last week when he was arrested for drug trafficking in Houston.(read the criminal complaint .pdf)
Before relating the details of 'what went down in Houston,' a little 'back story' on Dekkers, who is an historically important figure:
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, it was Rudi Dekkers' running account of the character and personality of Mohamed Atta and the other terrorists which transfixed a nation and the world. He was everywhere on television.
Even though it seemed to many observers that he was making it up as he went along, Dekkers fixed an image of the hijackers that changed remarkably little in the years that followed.
Marwan was the jolly one. Atta was rude. Dekkers' didn't like him, he asserted, ever more emphatically. He just didn't.
"I just had this funny feeling"
On the day after the attack, Dekkers had denied to reporters that he's ever talked to Atta or Al-Shehhi, There were dozens of foreign students at the school. He was a very busy man. But his memory very shortly seemed to improve. Later, the operations manager at the second flight school (in Naples) told me someone she thought was an FBI agent had been coaching him behind the scenes.