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allemand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-05 02:53 PM
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AQaeda member: Investigators asked me to give fake testimony against Syria
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Edited on Sat Nov-12-05 02:54 PM by allemand
This is a translation from Al-Hayat:

Syrian Al Qaeda member Detained at Turkey: Foreign investigators asked me to render fake testimony against Syria in favor of Mehlis

Syrian Louai AL-Saqa, convicted of belonging to "Al-Qaeda" and currently imprisoned in Istanbul, has accused foreign sides of compelling him to present a fake testimony to the international investigator in the assassination of the late president Rafik Hariri.

In a written message he sent to "Al-Hayat" through his Turkish lawyer Othman Karahan, Al-Saqa said that some foreign investigators, spoke with him in English, who interrogated him three weeks ago, have offered him a bid to escape him plus US 10 million Dollars in order to say that one of Syrian officials asked him to recruit a suicide bomber from Iraq to assassinate Rafik Al-Hariri and to claim responsibility later on during his existence in Iraq. (sic)

Al-Saqa added that when he refused the offer, one of the investigators made a phone call in which he said that the operation did not score success and demanded that Mehlis should temporarily drop the name of the official out of the report.

More:
http://www.champress.net/english/index.php?page=show_det&id=1065

Of course, as an al-Qaeda member he doesn't have much credibility. And the idea that the investigators made a phone call to Mehlis while al-Saqa/Sakra was still around seems a bit odd.

However, there were similar reports about Mohammad Zuheir al-Saddiq on whose testimony Mehlis relied for his report. His brother told German magazine Der Spiegel that al-Saddiq had received a large sum of money from an unknown third party.

But this is only the beginning. According to a German TV report, German police accuses the German intelligence agency (BND) of helping al-Sakra to escape from surveillance in Germany in 2001 because he was a Syrian double agent who had infiltrated the al-Qaeda network of al-Zarqawi in Iraq.
(report, in German: )
Panorama: BKA-Bericht belastet BND Geheimdienst soll Al-Kaida-Terroristen zur Flucht verholfen haben Sendung: Donnerstag, 27. Oktober, 21.45 Uhr, Das Erste
http://www.presseportal.de/story.htx?nr=742037&ressort=5

It is well known that Mehlis is working very closely with the BND.

Luia al-Sakra was detained by Turkish police in August 2005 and soon confessed that he was planning an attack on Israeli cruise ships.

Al-Qaeda suspect planned to attack cruise ships
http://newsfromrussia.com/world/2005/08/11/61200.html

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