onsdag, december 10, 2008

Bektasevics kontakt åtalas

Mirsad Bektasevic, den svenske självmordsbombaren in spe, hade ett omfattande kontaktnät. Ännu flera år efter att han fängslats dyker hans namn upp i terrorismutredningar.

Åtalen mot amerikanerna Syed Haris Ahmed och Ehsanul Islam Sadequee har nu tillkännagivits, rapporterar The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Den sistnämnde stod i kontakt med Bektasevic.

Both men are charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. That includes their trying, in 2005, to join Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group which India blames for the bloody three-day seige of Mumbai last month.


During a trip to Washington in April 2005, Ahmed, a former Georgia Tech student, and Sadequee, of Roswell, recorded amateurish videos of “symbolic and infrastructure targets for potential terrorist attacks,” said the indictment, obtained late Tuesday.

In one of the videos, while Ahmed and Sadequee pass the Pentagon as they drive toward Washington. “This is where our brothers attacked the Pentagon,” Sadequee can be heard saying on the video, according to the indictment.

The videos were sent to Aabid Hussein Khan, who was sentenced to prison time in England last summer for possessing articles for terrorism.

According to Tuesday’s indictment, when his residence was searched by British counter-terrorism investigators on Oct. 21, 2005, Khan had the videos recorded by Ahmed and Sadequee.

Khan also had maps and timetables for the Washington and New York public transit systems; information on truck routes into New York; schematics of the financial district in lower Manhattan; aerial photos of the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and information concerning paramilitary training camps in Pakistan, the indictment said.

Separately, the new indictment said, between August 2005 and April 2006, Sadequee was in contact with a number of supporters of violent jihad. They included Mirsad Bektasevic, who was arrested in Bosnia Herzegovina in October 2005 after being found with more than 20 pounds of plastic explosives, firearms, bomb-making materials and a manifesto promising an attack on Western interests, the indictment said.