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The Guardian on Rashid Rauf

Posted in counterterrorism, court decisions, terrorist attacks with tags , , , on September 8, 2009 by admin

Terror suspect ‘was not prosecuted because of torture in Pakistan’ | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Plans to prosecute a terrorism suspect who is said to have played a key role in the airline bombing plot were abandoned because of the severe torture he suffered after being detained in Pakistan, according to intelligence sources who have spoken to Human Rights Watch.

In a report on Britain’s involvement in torture in Pakistan ‑ due to be published by the New York-based organisation later this month ‑ intelligence officials from Pakistan and the UK are quoted as saying Rashid Rauf could not be extradited and put on trial because of the extent of the mistreatment he had suffered.

The Pakistani officials are quoted as saying that their British counterparts were fully aware of what was happening to Rauf after he was detained in August 2006, while a former senior British intelligence officer is quoted as saying they were not.

The conviction of three men who attempted to blow up at least seven transatlantic airliners and murder more than 1,500 people has thrown up new questions about Rauf, who was born in Pakistan in January 1981 but was raised in Birmingham.

So, just considering he effectively was subjected to terrible torture (and if it’s true that he was subjected to electric shock indeed he was). But the problem to be prosecuted now is that it seems he was killed in Pakistan, after fleeing from West Midlands police while praying alone in a mosque before escaping. Afterwards, it was announced he was killed by a drone in north Waziristan.

If this guy really fled in this manner, being one of the main suspects of the plot to explode planes, leaving him alone praying there, was s truly stupid error. But that’s because we know the result. Imagine that police would have entered with him to control him while he was praying. I am sure the policemen would have been called everything from Islamophobes to racists.

What I really can’t understand yet, is why Pakistan is considered an “ally”. They are now claiming that fighting the taliban is “too difficult”, so they are not going to fight the new cruel (and effective) Taliban chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, because they “are worried” about him. But they engage with suspects brutally. This contradiction can’t be explained only or mainly by just US influence. My opinion is that the Taliban are allies against India specially because of Kashmir, while this guy from AQ can be threatening Pakistan, because of AQ’s stated goal related to Paki nukes.

British jury find three Islamists guilty of plotting to explode planes

Posted in arrested terrorists, court decisions with tags , , , on September 7, 2009 by admin

The jury at the Woolwich Crown Court in London found the three men, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain, guilty of planning to kill passengers in mid-flight using liquid explosives disguised as soft drinks. The three will be sentenced next week.

The prosecution said the attacks would have “exceeded the carnage” of the September 11 attacks in the US in 2001 and would have “inflicted heavy casualties in the name of Islam.”

British police said on Monday that they believed the group was within days of carrying out the attacks when they were arrested.

“We believe that they were contemplating some sort of dummy run,” a British police representative said.

The police source said the men were planning to bomb at least seven airliners one week after this practice run.

The other 5 are still waiting for the verdict.

Britain’s Home Office releases terrorist suspect

Posted in arrested terrorists, counterterrorism, court decisions with tags , on September 7, 2009 by admin

Another Lybian:

Britain’s Home Office has released a man from a house-arrest style program only weeks before a hearing in which the government might have been forced to disclose the intelligence that led to his arrest, a newspaper reported Monday.

The Times of London said the man — a Libyan-British dual national identified only as AF — was released last week.

He had been part of the so-called “control order” program, which allows the government to tell terror suspects where they can live and when they can leave their homes.

The reported release comes after Britain’s highest court decided the orders were illegal in some cases because the suspects had not been given sufficient details of the cases against them. The paper quoted Carl Richmond, an attorney acting for AF, as saying he has had his electronic tag removed and is “trying to readjust to normal life.”

Hannibal Gaddafi’s detention: Wilmshurst to defend Switzerland in Tribunal

Posted in court decisions with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by admin

Switzerland has chosen an “iconic” British lawyer to sit on a tribunal probing the arrest of Moammar Gaddafi’s son.

Elizabeth Wilmshurst came to public notice in 2003 when she stepped down from the British Foreign Office in disagreement over the legality of the Iraq war. Two years later the details of her resignation were made public under the Freedom of Information Act and reignited controversies over the war.

Wilmshurst, now an international law specialist at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and a professor at University College London, will represent Switzerland on a three-party tribunal that is being set up to review the 2008 arrest in Geneva of Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife for assaulting two domestic employees.

According to an agreement signed in Tripoli by the Swiss president, Hans-Rudolf Merz, and the Libyan prime minister, al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, on August 20, each country must designate an independent representative to the tribunal. The tribunal will sit in London and be presided over by a third arbitrator.

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Beneficiaries of international terrorism

Posted in court decisions, funding with tags , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2009 by admin

Dougals Farah explores the case of:

Jamal Yousef, aka “Talal Hassan Ghantou,” an international arms trafficker, was charged with participating in a narco-terrorism conspiracy. What is interesting about the case is that it was to be a transcontinental weapons for cocaine trade. While such trades are reported anecdotally, there has been little first-hand evidence of this type of activity among designated terrorist organizations.

Yousef, a former Syrian intelligence officer, was going to sell weapons to Colombian FARC terrorists in exchange of cocaine.

This same day, a US court has jailed Belgian Mr Monsieur. Maybe he is not “famous” for the general public but he certainly is for the intelligence community:

U.S. authorities say Jacques Monsieur, a swashbuckling 56-year-old known as “the Fox” and “the Field Marshal,” conspired with an undercover agent to buy engines and parts for F-5 fighter planes for Iran.

Monsieur faces a six-count federal indictment, unsealed Wednesday, that includes charges of money laundering, smuggling and violating laws against exporting arms to Iran. He has not yet been arraigned.

Investigators arrested Monsieur last week while he was in New York on his way to France, where he lives, officials said. He becomes the latest in a string of high-rollers to fall victim to global undercover arms-trafficking operations by U.S. agents.

…Monsieur, a suave veteran of Belgian military intelligence who breeds horses on a French estate, spent two decades doing business in war zones from the Balkans to Africa.

His specialties are said to be light to medium arms and military aviation parts. He has run afoul of the law in Belgium, France and Iran, according to news reports.

…Since the 1980s, when his name came up in the Iran-Contra affair, he has specialized in supplying Iran, according to Alain Lallemand, a Belgian journalist who wrote an extensive report on Monsieur in 2002 for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a branch of the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity.

One of the “Toronto 18” sentenced to 14 years in prison on terrorism charges

Posted in counterterrorism, court decisions with tags , , , , on September 4, 2009 by admin

A Canadian man was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison for his role in a foiled bomb plot by Islamic extremists which was hoped would prod Canada to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Saad Khalid, 23, is the second of the so-called “Toronto 18” to be sentenced for planning three days of attacks on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Canada’s spy agency headquarters and a military base using rented vans stuffed with explosives.

The attacks were designed to try to force the Canadian government to pull its 2,800 troops out of Afghanistan where they are routing insurgents as part of a NATO-led force.

The 18 alleged plotters were arrested during a police sting operation in 2006.Khalid entered a guilty plea earlier this year, avoiding a trial.”This was a conspiracy that would have had a devastating impact on the country,” Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Durno said in court.

ETA terrorist handed over by France is released “in error”

Posted in arrested terrorists, court decisions with tags , , , on September 2, 2009 by admin

Maite Aranalde, an ETA terrorist handed over to Spain last week from a French jail has gone missing after being released “in error” by a Spanish judge after a bureaucratic error.

Judge Eloy Velasco released her on Friday on a bail of 12,000 euros after her lawyers notified him of an error in the extradition order from France. He withdrew her passport and order her to appear weekly in front of the court, and the Supreme Court resent an extradition request to France.