February 2005 - July 2005

February 2005 - July 2005

Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein

February 2005

  • Kuwait City, Kuwait: A Kuwaiti appeals court cleared suspected Al-Qa`ida fugitive Mohsen al-Fadhli of charges of funding attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq. A day earlier, the U.S. Treasury added Fadli to its list of suspected terrorism financiers and ordered banks to freeze his assets. Washington also contends Fadli supports Abu Mus`ab Al-Zarqawi.

March 2005

  • Vancouver, Canada: Closing one of Canada's most complex and lengthy cases, a Vancouver court acquitted two Canadian Sikhs-Ripudaman Singh Malik, 58, and Ajaib Singh Bagri, 55-of blowing up an Air India flight in 1985 that killed 329 passengers. The flight exploded in midair off the Irish coast while it was traveling from Canada to India. The judge said the prosecution had failed to prove its case.

April 2005

  • San`a, Yemen: A Yemeni court overturned the verdicts and prison sentences of six men who had been accused of aiding convicted Islamic extremist Ali Al-Jarallah in the assassination of the Yemeni Socialist Party's deputy secretary-general in 2002. Al-Jarallah was also convicted for involvement in the plot that killed three Americans at a missionary hospital in southern Yemen two days after the political assassination.
  • Berlin, Germany: A Berlin state court acquitted Tunisian terrorism suspect Ihsan Garnaoui, 34, of terrorism charges but found him guilty of illegal weapons possession and tax evasion. Prosecutors had alleged that Garnaoui had planned attacks on U.S. or Jewish targets in Germany for Al-Qa`ida.
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands: A Dutch court acquitted Dutch citizen of Moroccan descent Samir Azzouz, 18, of plotting terrorist attacks against Dutch landmarks; he was sentenced to three months for illegal possession of firearms. Azzouz was arrested in June 2004; a search of his home yielded maps, plans, and other information related to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, a nuclear reactor and government offices, weapons and bomb-making materials. Prosecutors say they intend to appeal the verdict.
  • Sydney, Australia: An Australian court acquitted Australian of Lebanese descent Zeky Mallah, 21, of terrorism charges. Mallah was found innocent of plotting a rifle attack on the Sydney offices of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, or on Foreign Ministry officials in late 2003, but he did plead guilty to one count of threatening to kill a Commonwealth officer.

May 2005

  •  A Milan court acquitted five Tunisians accused of planning terrorist attacks outside Italy and recruiting militants to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Four of the five were convicted of lesser crimes, including criminal association. The suspects were alleged members of Ansar al-Islam and were accused of providing the group with recruits, false documents and logistical support. Alleged head of the group, Saadi Nassim, was designated an SDGT, in November 2003.

June 2005

  • A Thai court acquitted four Thai Muslims-Maisuri Haji Abdullah, Mayahi Haji Doloh, Waemahadi Wae-dao, and Samarn Wakaji-accused of belonging to Jemaah Islamiyah and plotting to bomb foreign embassies in Bangkok and tourism spots in Thailand.
  • A Jordanian appeals court overturned the October 2004 conviction of Bilal Mansur al-Hiyari, a Jordanian found guilty of financing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Iraq network. In April 2005, the U.S. listed Al-Hiyari as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) for his financing of al-Zarqawi.
  • A German federal appeals court upheld the acquittal of Moroccan terror suspect Abdelghani Mzoudi, who was tried for complicity with the September 11 hijackers. Mzoudi was acquitted by a Hamburg court in February 2004. Despite the acquittal, German authorities initiated deportation proceedings against him.
  • A Kenyan judge acquitted four Kenyan men, Mohamed Ali Saleh Nabhan, Omar Said Omar, Mohammed Kubwa and Aboud Rogo Mohammed, charged in the November 2002 Mombassa hotel bombing that killed fifteen people-twelve Kenyans and three Israeli tourists. Several weeks later, a Kenyan court acquitted three other suspects, Kubwa Mohammed Seif, Said Saggar Ahmed, and Salmin Khamis, of involvement in the hotel bombing and of plotting a failed rocket attack on an Israeli airliner that took off from Mombassa airport on the same day.

July 2005

  • A Greek court acquitted four convicted People's Revolutionary Struggle (ELA) members and two suspected members of charges related to a series of ELA attacks between 1985 and 1995. The convicted ELA members, Angeletos Kanas, Costas Agapiou, Irene Athanasaki, and Christos Tsigaridas are already serving long jail terms for other offenses. The ELA is a left-wing Greek terrorist organization that targeted western diplomatic and business targets in Greece in the 1980s and 1990s.

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