‘Abu Dahdah’, leader of the Al Qaeda in Spain, will leave prison in 6 months.

 06 May 2013


Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, alias Abu Dahdah will leave prison within six months, according to his prison record. The Syrian is accused of leading the Al Qaeda cell in Spain, and he was arrested in 2001, just two months after the attacks of 09/11 for which he was sentenced to 27 years in prision. It was later acquitted by the Supreme Court, although keeping his 12-year sentence for leading a terrorist organization.
Previously, the sentence of the Court, found that ‘Abu Dahdah was aware of the preparation and organization of the 09/11. Moreover, that he had recruited and sent individuals to mujahideen training camps; that he was commissioned to seek financial assistance for mujahideen worldwide and had established “strong ties” with people from the organization then headed by Osama Ben Laden. The new sentence although establishing Abu Dahdah as the Al-Qaeda leader in Spain, has determined that his connection and knowledge of the 09/11 terrorist attacks had insufficient evidences.

Al Qaeda leader may stand trial again for financing Islamist terrorism while in jail

According to evidence compiled by High Court Judge Ismael Moreno, Imad Eddin Barakat, the convicted leader of a Spanish Al Qaeda cell, did not stop financing Islamic terrorism even after he was imprisoned in November of 2001. Barakat is a Syrian-born Spanish citizen who is currently serving a 12-year sentence for being a member of a terrorist organization, but may stand trial again over alleged payments while he was in prison, which investigators claim went to finance terrorist projects. Judge Moreno claims that Barakat, along with two others, used relatives to an owned real estate firm of its assets, cashing checks worth 2.4 million EUR; Moreno argues that some of that money ended up in the hands of terrorist groups.