FW: Compare and Contrast – Gary McKinnon and Khalid Al Fawwaz

From: Andrew Johnson

Date: 2009-03-02 17:34:42

A supposed senior Al Qaida figure – residing in the UK – not extradited to the USA in 10 years… —–Original Message—–From: Sent: 02 March 2009 10:52To: ad.johnson@ntlworld….: compare & contrastAndrew,Please pass this around. I thought it was interesting in light of the current extradition demands on Gary McKinnon.An excerpt from the report ‘The global terrorist’ in The Sunday Times (London); Feb 7, 1999; David Leppard, Chris Hastings, Jessica Berry, Marie Colvin; p. 19quoteIt has now been claimed that, until recently, Britain was central to Bin Laden’s international organisation. The American FBI alleges that a Saudi expatriate named Khalid al-Fauwaz, who lives in London, is key to a worldwide terror network. Their detailed evidence, obtained by The Sunday Times, maintains that Fauwaz was linked to those involved in the [American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania 1998] embassy bombings. Four months ago he was arrested and now faces extradition to America.unquoteKhalid Al Fawwaz is the longest serving (foreign national) detainee in the UK without charge. He was arrested in September 1998. He has still not been extradited to the USA.In the declassified (was Top Secret) document – Usama Bin Ladin/Al-Qaida Information Operations, available here:cryptome.org/spy-tal… is described as Bin Ladin’s London Press representative (page 15 of the PDF).Very interesting also is the claim from Fawwaz’s lawyers that in the 4 years from his 1994 arrival in the UK (to work as a civil servant), Fawwaz was in regular contact with the security services.QUOTE Name: Khalid Al FawwazNationality: SaudiResidence: BritainMarital Status: MarriedDate of Arrest: 28/09/1998Location of Arrest: London, UKClick here for related articlesSearch for relevant articles Background:Khalid Al Fawwaz is 45 years old, and from Saudi Arabia.  He arrived in the UK with his family in 1994 to work as a civil servant and lived in Neasden, north London.Al Fawwaz was arrested at his north London home on Monday morning, 28 September 1998, at the request of the US Government. He was charged with involvement in the bombing of the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam in 1998.He was living with his wife and three children before his arrest.He has denied any involvement with Bin Laden and denies the Advice and Reformation Committee with which he was connected was the UK arm of Bin Laden’s al Qaeda terror organisation.The US government presented two ‘anonymous witnesses’ to support the allegation, who could not be cross-examined or challenged by Al-Fawwaz and his defence team.Although the US extradition request was rejected, Al-Fawwaz was not released either. He was initially held at Brixton Prison, but was later transferred to Belmarsh Prison.The evidence against is far from conclusive.  Al-Fawwaz made no secret of his support for the overthrow of the Saudi regime, or his support for Bin Laden, which he publicly renounced in 1996 following the latter’s fatwa against the US.Al-Fawwaz’s lawyers have shown that from the time their client came to Britain in 1994 until his arrest four years later, he was in regular contact with the security services.Al Fawwaz is currently being held at Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes.Write to:Khalid Al FawwazKhalid Al-Fawwaz CB8265HMP WoodhillTattenhoe StreetMilton KeynesBucksMK4 4DA http://www.cageprisoners.com/prisoners.php?id=1390

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