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Turkey demands life term for al-Qaeda suspect
The Times of India ^ | February 11 2006 | AP

Posted on 02/11/2006 8:25:50 AM PST by knighthawk

ANKARA, TURKEY: Prosecutors allege Osama bin Laden personally ordered a suspected al-Qaeda operative - charged with masterminding Istanbul suicide bombings and providing some USD 170,000 to Turkish militants - to carry out terrorist attacks in this pro-Western country.

The prosecutor's office on Friday indicted Syrian national Loa'i Mohammad Haj Bakr al-Saqa, accused of serving as a point man between the terrorist group and homegrown militants who killed 58 people in a series of suicide bombings in Istanbul in 2003.

Al-Saqa, 32, had cosmetic surgery according to a medical report and flew beneath the radar for many years by using an array of fake IDs and employing aliases even with his al-Qaeda contacts, according to the indictment issued after a six-month investigation. Several accused Turkish al-Qaida suspects recognized al-Saqa's photos but identified him with different names, most calling him "Syrian Aladdin."

In the indictment, al-Saqa was charged with "attempting to overthrow the constitutional (secular) regime." The prosecutor's office demanded life in prison for al-Saqa and identified him as "a high-level al-Qaeda official with special mission." However, the indictment did not say when or where al-Saqa met with bin Laden.

Al-Saqa already has been sentenced in absentia by Jordan. He was captured in Turkey in August after an alleged failed plot to attack Israeli cruise ships in the Mediterranean.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedaturkey; alsaqa; bakralsaqa; gwot; istanbul; suicidebombings; terrortrials; turkey

1 posted on 02/11/2006 8:25:52 AM PST by knighthawk
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2 posted on 02/11/2006 8:26:19 AM PST by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: knighthawk

Life in a Turkish prison. Not exactly where I'd want to spend my time. Visions of "Midnight Express" running through my head.

3 posted on 02/11/2006 8:34:15 AM PST by Signalman
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To: Bobkk47

He'll be in for as long as it takes to tunnel him out via the nearest mosque.

4 posted on 02/11/2006 8:37:33 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: knighthawk
I have a novel concept...

Kill the bastard, today.....before he "escapes"..

The ONLY people Muslims hesitate to kill are Muslims that kill.

Semper Fi
5 posted on 02/11/2006 10:41:28 AM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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