Algeria studies application by U.S requiring 3 Algerian suspect prisoner’s transfer

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Algeria studies application by U.S requiring 3 Algerian suspect prisoner’s transfer

El Khabar, 22 april 2008

The Algerian authorities are studying an application made by the U.S Government concerning 3 Algerian suspected with links with North African, Middle East fighters under the umbrella of Al Qaeda, in Canada. The U.S Government is intending obtaining substantial information about the 3 Algerian suspects relationship with terrorist organizations, as it sees them as a threat to its security. The 3 prisoners’ names are, ABdelmadjid Dahouman, Adel Boumezber, and Mourad Yekhlef, their named are linked to the 9/11 attacks.
The application is on the back of a report elaborated by U.S Judges and investigators specialized in counterterrorism issues, as well 2 Federal Bureau of Investigations officials, FBI, who visited Algeria, early last year, a source briefed on the issue told El Khabar. During their visit, they met both suspects namely Boumezber, and Yekhlef, at the prison, while asking them questions dealing with a presumable relationship linking them to the named Ahmed Rassam, backing to mid-90’s, as the 3 prisoners were living in Montreal, Canada.
According to the same source, the main suspect in this case is the named Abdelmadjid Dahoumane, he declined meeting the 5 U.S investigators, even if they insisted on talking to him, and they visited the prison in which he was imprisoned 2 times, adding that the U.S investigators visit to Algeria, was extended along 1 week, during which they met Algerian political and security top officials, to discuss Dahoumane record.
In this context, the aforementioned investigators have met both named Boumezber, who bears the Canadian nationality, and Mourad Yakhlef, while asking them questions related to their contacts with the named Ahmed Rassam, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the U.S Justice.
However, both Boumezber, and Yekhlef, denied being aware of chemical agricultural products stolen from a Canadian plant, and a plan by Rassam, and Dahoumane, plotting an attack against Los Angeles airport, just before 2000.

 

22-04-2008
By H.Y / Translation Section