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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.


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

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

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