January 15th 2009 10:29:08 AM
I am happy to announce that former terrorist/mujahed in Bosnia, Ali Ahmed Ali Hamad, is being released from prison. This is a person with a soul, who watched in horror what his fellow mujahedeen did to Serbs and Croats. His story is compelling, as is a stunning 2005 letter that he wrote to the Serbian paper Glas Srpske (”Serbian Voice”), which relates the disinterest and active coverup by Western powers of mujahedeen crimes and the Bosnian complicity in them. For a crash course on Hamad, see my posts on him here and here.
Hamad has apologized to Serbia for what he was part of, while we still have not. In his desire to fight terror, he sees Serbia as being on the right side and is turning to it (hint-hint, U.S.). And in his desire for asylum away from the Muslims who will surely try to kill this former al Qaeda officer now, again he turns to Serbia:
SARAJEVO — A former Al-Qaeda member and Bosnian mujahedin is seeking asylum in Serbia after being released from jail in Bosnia-Herzegovina, RFE/RL’s South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service reports.
Ali Ahmed Ali Hamad, a native of Bahrain, was recently released from a Bosnian prison where he served a 12-year term for robbery and terrorism.
A veteran of the 1992-95 Bosnian war, Ali Hamad has promised to tell Serbian officials about crimes that were committed against Serbs and Croats by mujahedin units in exchange for asylum.
Serbian war crimes unit spokesman Bruno Vekaric says that he is interested in listening to Ali Hamad.
Ali Hamad has told local media that he is a reformed terrorist who is ready to help “fight terrorism.” He is waiting in Lukavica, Serbia, for a decision on whether he will be extradited to Bahrain or given asylum.
And the version that Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty wouldn’t print:
Bosnian Muslims “play a significant role” in Al-Qa’idah cells - ex-officer (Text of report by Serbian newspaper Politika website, Jan. 14, BBC Monitoring Europe)
[Report by Boro Maric, Dorotea Carnic: “Repentant Terrorist Wants To Go To Serbia”]
The Serbian war crimes prosecutor’s office has expressed an interest in the case of former Al-Qa’idah officer and El Mujahid unit member Ali Hamad, who is seeking temporary residence in Serbia.
The Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s office has been trying to shed light on events that the former Al-Qa’idah officer from Bahrain, Ali Hamad, mentioned in his testimony, when he announced his readiness to talk about crimes committed by Allah’s warriors during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina [B-H].
“We are eager to hear Ali Hamad’s testimony. If he provides us with evidence, we might have a case,” Bruno Vekaric, spokesman of the War Crimes Prosecutor’s office, has told Politika.
Ali Ahmad Ali Hamad (38), former Al-Qa’idah officer and commander of a platoon within the El Mujahid unit, whose nom de guerre was Abu Ubayda, confirmed in a statement for our daily yesterday that he had dropped his appeal against his deportation from B-H. In a telephone conversation, he said that he did not want to stay in B-H under any circumstances because, in his words, “it is a country that does not observe its own laws.” Therefore he is seeking a temporary haven in Serbia. Ali Hamad is currently in the B-H Immigration Centre based in Eastern Sarajevo, where he is awaiting his deportation from B-H.
Ali Hamad is a repentant terrorist. He testified before the Hague tribunal’s Trial Chamber against B-H Army Chief of Staff Gen. Rasim Delic and told the prosecution everything he knew about the mujahidin crimes and their links to Bosniak [Bosnian Muslim] politicians and military. Some of his testimonies previously given to the former Bosniak intelligence agency, the Investigation and Documentation Agency, made possible the relocation of mass graves on Mt. Ozren, where Serb soldiers and civilians were buried.
“I have asked for permission to leave for Serbia and temporary reside there. For the time being I do not intend to seek asylum in Serbia. If Serbia approves my entry and if I decide not to stay there, I would like to go back home to Bahrain. In that case, I would not return to my homeland as a deported person who has had a number of problems with police, but as a free man,” Ali Hamad has told us.
He believes that Serbian authorities will be keen to hear what he knows about war crimes committed by the mujahidin against Serbs and Croats during the war in B-H.
Ali Hamad caught the B-H public’s attention when he publicly spoke out about the role of the Al-Qa’idah terrorist network in the B-H war and mujahidin crimes. He told Germany’s Der Spiegel that Al-Qa’idah’s leader Usamah bin Laden had not sent his warriors to B-H because he was so concerned about the fate of the Bosnian Muslims, but primarily to set up a base for terrorist actions in Europe. He repeated this claim in his testimony against Rasim Delic as well. Even today he insists that Al-Qa’idah’s cells are active in B-H and that B-H Muslims play a significant role in those cells.
Ali Hamad fell prey to Al-Qa’idah as a 17 year old boy because of family problems. He completed his military training in the (Kulijet Dzaver el Askarije?) camp in Afghanistan, where he fought against former Soviet troops. He arrived to B-H in 1992 via Frankfurt, Zagreb and Split. At first, he fought with the El Mujahid unit as a soldier and then he became a platoon commander. After the war he was convicted to 12 years’ imprisonment because of his role in a car-bomb attack on the Croatian part of Mostar in 1997. He continues to insist even today that he never took part in that bombing incident. He definitely turned his back on Usamah bin Laden and Al-Qa’idah in September 2001, following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade centre and the Pentagon. Since then he has been an active antiterrorist campaigner.