‘El País’ places Spain in the target of Islamic Terrorism

18 March 2013

The newspaper El Pais has put Spain in the spotlight of Islamic terrorism after broadcasting a video of the alleged torture of an Iraqi detainee in 2004 at the military base in Diwaniya by soldiers of the Spanish Armed Forces.
The Ministry of Defence has pledged to investigate the veracity of the video that, if true, would be the first proven case of abuse of the Spanish Army in an international mission.
The spread of this video does not benefit Spain at all, as it is again targeted by Islamic terrorism. It seems that the journal has taken this material from the so-called ‘Wikileaks papers’.

Closings start at Guantanamo detainee’s NY trial

NEW YORK — The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial is a “mass murderer” who played a key role in the terrorist bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998, a prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments.

Defense claims that Ahmed Ghailani was an unwitting dupe in the plot “flies in the face of the evidence and it flies in the face of common sense,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry Chertoff told jurors in federal court in Manhattan. However, prosecutors allege Ghailani helped an al-Qaida cell buy a truck and components for explosives used in a suicide bombing in his native Tanzania on Aug. 7, 1998.

After the decision to put the 36-year-old detainee on trial in New York, a judge dealt the government a setback by barring testimony from a key witness identified by the CIA. Harsh interrogations techniques used by the CIA made the evidence unconstitutional, the judge ruled.

Ohio terrorist ties to Al-Qaeda

Christopher Paul, a convicted Ohio terrorist, has had ties to Al-Qaeda according to a federal court ruling. In a fax sent to Paul in 1997, now Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi (an Al-Qaeda operative) sought Paul’s advice on where to send would-be jihadists. The two had met each other in 1992 in Afghanistan and kept contacting each other in 97, 98 and 99. Salahi was arrested in 2001

Trial on British MI5’s involvement in torture of Binyam Mohamed

This week’s appeal court ruling disclosed CIA-based intelligence showing that MI5 knew that British resident Binyam Mohamed had been subjected to treatment “at the very least cruel, inhuman, and degrading”. Mohamed is a former Guantánamo detainee who claims to have been tortured by US authorities with the knowledge or even support of MI5.

The appeal court, presided over by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, also referred to a recent US court case where the judge vindicated Mohamed’s claims that “UK authorities” had been “involved in and facilitated the ill-treatment and torture” to which he was subjected while under the control of the US. A particular document refers to MI5 officers having “deliberately misled” parliament and sharing a “culture of suppression”.

Terror lawyer bribe probe dropped

Police have dropped a bribery probe into one of the leading UK lawyers who represents terrorism suspects. Mudassar Arani was accused of sending cash to a defendant whom she did not represent in the 21 July London trial. The solicitor, who had represented three of the failed bombers, now jailed, denied pressuring another defendant to change his story. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said there was insufficient evidence to continue investigating the claim. The force said it had been asked in August 2007 to look into allegations made during the trial of the six men accused of organising and perpetrating the botched London suicide bombings of 21 July 2005. “The Specialist Crime Directorate has scoped the allegations and reviewed the material that came out of the trial,” said the statement. “As a result the Metropolitan Police Service has decided that there is insufficient evidence to launch a criminal investigation and therefore will be taking no further action in connection with this matter.”

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Belgium hands over suspected terrorist to Spain

Belgian authorities have handed over a leading member of an al-Qaeda linked group to Spain. Spanish police released a statement saying that the arrestee, Algerian national Khaled Abidi, is believed to be a member of the militant Ansar al-Islam group – accused of recruiting Moroccans and Algerians in Spain to fight for al-Qaeda in Iraq.

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US Appeals Court to Rehear Maher Arar´s Torture Case

A US federal appeals court will reconsider its decision with regards to a Canadian engineer’s lawsuit over torture he endured following being falsely mistaken for an Islamic extremist. The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan was, according to the International Herald Tribune, unusual because the circuit assembles for a case but once or twice a year and because Maher Arar’s attorneys had yet to request a full hearing. The Syrian-born, Ottawa, Canada-resident was detained in 2002 after switching planes at JFK International Airport as he returned to Canada. Arar, 37, spent nearly a year in prison being tortured prior to being returned to Canada without charges. The Canadian government agreed to pay him almost $10 million and acknowledged it passed incorrect information regarding Arar’s participation with al-Qaeda to U.S. authorities. Arguments are scheduled for December 9th.

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Muslim Convert Now on Trial in “Toronto 18“ Case

A young Hindu man, now 20, who converted to Islam from Hinduism, has been deemed ignorant of Islam in his court trial. His lawyer claims that the alleged nefarious plot to « cripple Canada » was nothing more than an unrealistic “delusion.”

His conversion to Islam has been well-charted. Muhammad Robert Heft, who was approached by the young man at Paradise For Ever, a non-profit centre he runs in Toronto for recent Muslim converts told the Globe and Mail, « He’s a kid who doesn’t know very much, if at all, about the religion. » The accused’s father told the court, « By force they were taking him. At that time itself I would’ve alerted police and he would’ve been saved. » Mr. Heft claims that the young man (who cannot be named because he was a minor at the time of the incident) came to Paradise For Ever seeking refuge in the organization’s emergency shelter and claiming he was abused at home.

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9 Suspects on Trial for Terror Plots in Paris

Safe Bourada, an Algerian with a part terrorism conviction, and eight suspected accomplices face charges for plotting attacks in Paris will stand trial in October. They are facing charges of financing terrorism and links to a « terrorist enterprise ». Bourada has previously served eight years in prison for his role as recruiter in a logistics group which helped stage bombings in the Paris Metro and elsewhere in 1995.

Investigators suspect that while he was in prison, Bourada recruited followers who became members of a France-based group known as « Ansar al-Fath » or Partisans of Victory.

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Gitmo ex-detainee visits Belfast

Former Guant_namo detainee Murat Kurnaz launched his powerful book ‘Five Years of My Life: an Innocent Man in Guant_namo’ at an Amnesty International event in the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival last week in Belfast. Readings from the book were followed by a question and answer session chaired by Amnesty International programme director, Patrick Corrigan. Patrick Corrigan said: “Murat Kurnaz has a powerful story to tell: illegal detention, prisoner abuse, solitary confinement in Guant_namo Bay. His personal story is the story of the so-called _war on terror’of the last seven years. It is one of the compelling stories of our time.” Murat Kurnaz was born in Bremen, Germany, in 1982, into a family of Turkish immigrants. After his marriage in 2001, Murat Kurnaz became an increasingly devout Muslim. Less than a month after the 11 September 2001 attacks in the USA, he went to Pakistan, telling his mother he wanted to “see and live the Qur’an”. Muslim Weekly->http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=F47FA263E07453001431D3AB&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News [Concord Monitor->http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080518/ENTERTAINMENT01/805180336