March 15, 2014
Mustafa Maya Amaya, alleged leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist cell dismantled yesterday by a police operation is an old acquaintance in Malaga. His name came to the fore a month after the attacks of September 11, 2001. All eyes turned also to him when he placed outside a local Mosque a pro-Taliban manifesto that among other things, defended the status of Afghan women and the use of the Islamic headscarf.
He converted in prison in 1996 while serving sentences for burglary. Rafael Amaya Maya was born 51 years ago in Brussels and is the son of Spanish immigrants.
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Counterterrorism police detained eight suspects with links to a banned Pakistani Muslim militant group blamed for the deadly 2008 attack in the Indian city of Mumbai. The Spanish Interior Ministry explained that the working methods of those arrested involved stealing passports and travel documents from tourists visiting Barcelona and then were sent to Thailand, copied and then passed on to terrorist groups linked to al Qaeda. The operation was carried out in coordination with Thai and European police forces.
Crown lawyer John Neander argued in his closing submissions at the first trial of an alleged member of the “Toronto 18” that it would be an “insult to reason” to think the man didn’t know what the group was about. He told the Superior Court Justice John Sproat that there was “a sheer superabundance of evidence” that the leaders were planning terrorism and that all others involved knew. A key witness had testified in the trial that the male youth was naïve and that the leaders kept him in the dark about their murderous aims. While the accused, a convert to Islam, might have initially thought the 12-day camp in December 2006 was a Muslim religious retreat, “In the midst of the camp, it would have been apparent what was going on – it was a terrorist camp.”
Charges have been stayed or withdrawn against seven arrested. The accused, who has pleaded not guilty, is the first of the remaining 11 to stand trial.
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Authorities arrested a Tunisian citizen in the town of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy, who is alleged to have ties with a terrorist cell in charge of sending suicide bombers to Afghanistan and Iraq. Nasr Mourad, a Tunisian citizen living in the city of Novellara, was arrested on account of having links to a terror cell headed by Ben Nasr Mehdi who is believed to have been affiliated with Sabri Dridi, another alleged terrorist leader.
Abdelkader Belliraj, the Moroccan-Belgian currently being held in Morocco on suspicion of leading a terrorist cell, helped the Belgian Security Service to prevent an attack in another, unnamed European country. As details come out, it appears that Belliraj lead a double life – having terrorism links, but also was a golden tip giver for Bellgian intelligence. Belliraj is credited with providing crucial information. It is not believed that his time in active political-terrorist activities and informant assistance were synchronic; however, information is still unfolding in this case.
A group of Islamist extremists in Frankfurt were planning an attack in Germany, according to a would-be suicide bomber captures in Spain. Testimony from the informant, who was captured after he arrived in Barcelona on January 16th, led to the arrest of 14 South Asians after he told police an Islamist extremist cell planned to attack the city’s metro and other targets in Europe. He also told police that the members were to travel to Frankfurt to meet up with a group planning an attack. However, the plan was changed, and another member of the Barcelona cell, Akeel Abassi, was sent to Frankfurt alone on January 18th; Abassi is currently being sought by police.
Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) – It would be wrong to cast a general cloud of suspicion over converts to Islam, German Attorney General Monika Harms said Thursday, following the smashing last week of an alleged Islamist terrorist cell. The revelation that two of those arrested on September 4 for planning potentially devastating bomb attacks against US targets in Germany were Germans who had adopted Islam provoked debate on the radicalization of converts. Speaking to Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in an interview, Harms said many converts to Islam were peaceful, although watchfulness was needed. But she added: “We can’t cast suspicion on entire population groups. That’s not acceptable, and nobody wants that.
No charge. In the end, France had no complaint against eight supposed islamists expelled from Egypt last week. All were freed. The group was arrested in mid-Novmeber in a Cairo neighborhood. According to the Egyptian minister of the interior, they were part of a terrorist cell recruiting volunteers in order to incite them to jihad in Iraq. Presented by the Egyptians as a leader, Youri Sorokine, a French convert to Islam, remains detained in Cairo.