Saturday, March 10, 2007

Mahmoud Jaballah

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian judge has signaled her intention to free Egyptian Mahmoud Jaballah, a man Canadian authorities believe helped relay communications between cells responsible for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.

Jaballah was one of five foreign Muslims that Canada arrested between 2000 and 2003, with the intention of deporting them on suspicions of terrorism. Two others have already been freed on bail and a third will soon be released....Jaballah was arrested by Canadian authorities two weeks before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The government told the courts it believed he had engaged in terrorism in Egypt, including serving as a relay between cells of the Egyptian group Al Jihad, particularly those that engaged in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998. It also said he had been associated with numerous participants of terrorist groups (particularly a relationship with
Ahmed Said Khadr, a close associate of Osama Bin Laden who lived, for a while, in Toronto) The Federal Court ruled last October that "a reasonable observer would find grounds to believe that he was, or is, a member of a terrorist group, and of the AJ (Al Jihad)..." (Source: National Post)

Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) summary of evidence says Mahmoud Jaballah’s alleged travel pattern in the early 1990s was consistent with those of an Islamic mujahedeen extremist, and accuses him of fighting alongside terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya" (Source: Toronto Star)

“We have a legitimate right to direct our guns against Israeli occupation ... Our rifles, all our rifles are aimed at The Occupation” (Source: Jerusalem Post) -- "moderate" Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas
“Allah loves the martyr” (Source: Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2005) -- Mahmoud Abbas
“heroes fighting for freedom” (Source: Age [Melbourne], January 3, 2005); "Israel calls them murderers, we call them strugglers" (Source: Jerusalem Post, December 25, 2004) -- Mahmoud Abbas
+ British spies tried to recruit German inventor of sarin gas after WWII
+ Blair exaggerated intelligence: Hans Blix: Weapons inspector Hans Blix says British Prime Minister Tony Blair replaced "question marks with exclamation marks" in intelligence dossiers


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