Tea time for terrorist


The alleged leader of Al-Qaeda in Spain smiled and seemed at ease as he was cross-examined on the second day of a mass trial of alleged Islamic terrorists.

Syrian-born Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, also known as 'Abu Dahdah' only lost his composure when photographic evidence was prsented to the court.

He is accused of organising a meeting where plans for the 9/11 attacks in the US were finalised and running an Al-Qaeda recruitment network since 1995.

Abu Dahdah faces 60,000 years in jail if found guilty - 25 years for each murder on 9/11 to which he was allegedly linked.


He admitted having met two high-ranking Al-Qaeda officials whom he allegedly succeeded in 1995 after they left for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

According to the indictment one of them, Zein Al-Abidine Mohamed Hassan, alias 'Sheikh Salah', welcomed recruits for 'holy war' sent out to Pakistan from Spain by Yarkas.

The other, Mustafa Setmarian, allegedly ran Al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan.

Yarkas admitted "having tea together after leaving the mosque" in Madrid but denied any further knowledge of them and all charges put to him.

Prosecutors plan to demand that Yarkas and two others suspected of links to the 9/11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, each be sentenced to more than 60,000 years in prison -- 25 years for each life lost.

It is interesting to see a system where defendents are forced to testify. Of course, in the US they are also forced to testify in civil trials.


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