A police agent who was paid $4.1 million CAD to infiltrate an alleged terror group testified for the first time on the opening day of the trial for Shareef Abdelhaleem, a member of the so-called Toronto 18.
Abdelhaleem, 34, is alleged to have used his friend, undercover police agent Shaher Elsohemy, to set up the purchase of three tones of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, destined for truck bombs targeting sites in downtown Toronto.
This morning, Elsohemy, currently in witness protection, told a Brampton court that he had developed a “strong” friendship with Abdelhaleem and frequented an Islamic school in Mississauga run by the accused’s father. Their relationship was such that the two vacationed together, taking a trip to Morocco in 2005.
“A $4.1 million payoff is pretty steep…It’s unprecedented in Canada,” Abdelhaleem’s lawyer, William Naylor told reporters, adding that’s one of the problems with the case against his client. He went on to suggest that Elsohemy was more concerned with getting money than searching for the truth.
A police informant testified last week that the leader of an alleged terrorist plot to attack high-profile Canadian buildings and take members of Parliament hostage was well-developed and widespread. Authorities said that the alleged plotters, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, wanted Muslim prisoners being held in Afghanistan released. One of the lawyers of the accused, Mitchell Chernovsky, has called the alleged terror plot a fantasy. The informant, Mubin Shaikh testified that the terror plan was well-developed prior to his involvement as a paid police informant in the fall of 2005. Shaikh explained that its members met regularly at a half-dozen or more Islamic centres and mosques in the Greater Toronto Area and at one in Scarborough, a leader bragged that the regularly distributed jihadi CDs to disaffected Muslim youth.
Scotland Yard’s botched anti-terrorist operation in Forest Gate, east London, which led to the shooting of an innocent Muslim man, was based on the word of petty criminal serving a sentence for dishonesty offences unconnected to terrorism. Official sources have told The Independent on Sunday that prison officers believed the informant was “operating out of his league”. Yet Special Branch continued to give him special phone favours even after his intelligence proved false. The raid in 2006, involving 250 officers, worsened community relations and sparked a national debate on police tactics. Scotland Yard, backed by the Government and the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), has always maintained it had credible and specific intelligence. But the informant and his information were never independently assessed. The revelation will further undermine the Government’s case for extending police powers to detain terror suspects without charge from 28 to 42 days. Leading lawyers say alarm bells should ring when intelligence is received from prisoners. Hugh Tomlinson QC, an expert in claims against the police, said: “It’s extremely unreliable, because they’re willing to say anything to help their own position.”http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=EE95FC29AA3A194A5AE8CAB6&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News
A delegation of American CIA and FBI agents were in Morocco to examine the terrorist network of Belgian-Moroccan terrorist and informant Abdelkader Belliraj. US interest in Belliraj is based on a connection between him and al-Qaeda and Hezbollah. Meanwhile, the Belgian police delegation has returned from Morocco and convinced of Belliraj’s significance in the network, and may be responsible for more incidents of terrorism than initially presumed. Alain Winans, the head of the Belgian Intelligence Service, which has received criticism in its handling of terrorism cases, denied that he should have made it known that Belliraj was an informant. The Belgian parliament will soon decide whether or not the intelligence service will gain additional power to help improve the agency’s reputation.
Abdelkader Belliraj, the alleged leader of a Moroccan extremist group and suspect of several murders in Belgium, was revealed to be a paid informant for the Belgian security services. Belliraj was revealed to be an informant for Belgian authorities, for up to eight years; Belgian authorities were apparently unaware of his other activities during his time as an informant. While a spokesman for Belgium’s justice ministry refused to confirm or deny the reports, the ministry said a statement may be released concerning the news.
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut: William Chrisman had three wives and nine children to support and struggled with panic attacks, but the Muslim convert was determined to help the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He became an informant for the FBI and ended up in contact with two other Muslim converts suspected of supporting terrorism. His work helped authorities charge both men. Derrick Shareef, 23, pleaded guilty to plotting to set off grenades in an Illinois shopping mall. Hassan Abu-Jihaad, a former U.S. Navy sailor, has pleaded not guilty to charges he gave terrorists secret information about the location of Navy ships and ways to attack them.