Sunday, February 08, 2009

Terror suspects on run in Midlands UK; EXCLUSIVE International police hunt for trio thought to have Al Qaida links Mohammed Benhammedi INTERPOL ALERT

Terror suspects on run in Midlands; EXCLUSIVE International police hunt for trio thought to have Al Qaida links

The alleged jihadists, who all have joint Libyan/British citizenship, have been placed on Interpol's Most Wanted list over claims they funded terror plots for Osama Bin Laden.

The international police force has made the men subject to a Red Notice - the highest level of arrest warrant - and have traced them to areas in and around Birmingham.

Abd'rabbah Ghuma, 51, Abdulbaqi Mohammed Khaled, 51, and Mohammed Benhammedi, 42, also appear on a UN list of Al Qaida and Taliban associates.

Khaled and Benhammedi are accused of being key terror financiers, while Ghuma is accused of being involved in transferring cash and travel documents to Middle East terror cells.

Last night, a spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said the force could not comment on ongoing investigations. "We work closely with a range of national and international agencies including Interpol," she said. "However, we cannot discuss individuals that may or may not be subject of an ongoing investigation or operation."

An Interpol spokeswoman urged anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Khaled, Benhammedi or Ghuma to contact them immediately.
The three men are understood to have links to fellow fugitive Abu Al-Rahman Al-Faqih who was last seen in Birmingham in 2006.

Cops believe Al-Faqih, 41, played a role in a suicide bomb attack in Casablanca in 2003 which killed more than 40 people. He is a member of a banned extremist organisation, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which is also allied to Al Qaida.

The three new Midland terror suspects have all had their assets frozen by the UN and were put on the Interpol watchlist days after a raid on an Islamic charity headquarters in Birmingham.

Sanabel Relief Agency (SRA), which was based in South Road, Sparkbrook, was raided by anti-terror police in February 2006 and has since been placed on a UN register of groups that allegedly fund Al Qaida and the Taliban. SRA has several locations in the UK as per INTERPOL;
SRA Charity number: 1083469.
SRA Registration number: 3713110

Eight members of LIFG who were accused of supplying funding for terror groups through Sanabel Relief Agency were arrested during the country-wide police operation.

Khaled, Benhammedi and Ghuma are allegedly linked to the Sanabel Relief Agency and are also members of LIFG, founded in Libya in 1995 by former mujahidin militants who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviets.

LIFG members carried out a failed assassination attempt against Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi in 1996. The group was banned by the Home Office in 2005, appears on the UN's terror watchlist and is supported by Al Qaida's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Two Midland extremists have already been convicted of supplying money and documents to LIFG. In 2007 forgery expert Khaled Abusalama, 36, from Smethwick, and financier Abdul Bourouag, 44, from Small Heath, were jailed for two years for being members of a banned terror group. Anyone with information about Khaled, Benhammedi or Ghuma can contact Interpol via the website.

Treasury Designates UK-Based Individuals, Entities Financing Al Qaida-Affiliated LIFG. The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated five individuals and four entities for their role in financing the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), an al Qaida affiliate known for engaging in terrorist activity in Libya and cooperating with al Qaida worldwide.

"The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group threatens global safety and stability through the use of violence and its ideological alliance with al Qaida and other brutal terrorist organizations," said Patrick O'Brien, the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crime. "Through a sophisticated charitable front operation and other companies, the individuals designated today have financially supported LIFG's activities."

The individuals and entities supported the LIFG through various financial means, primarily in the United Kingdom. The LIFG was formed in the early 1990s in Afghanistan, and formally announced its existence in 1995. The group relocated to Libya where it sought to overthrow Mu'ammar Qadhafi and replace his regime with a hard-line Islamic state.

The LIFG mounted several operations inside Libya including a 1996 attempt to assassinate Qadhafi, but these failed to topple the regime. Following a Libyan government security campaign against LIFG in the mid- to late 1990s, the group abandoned Libya and continued its activities in exile (BIRMINGHAM UK).

DOB: September 22,1966
POB: Libya
ADDRESS: Midlands, United Kingdom.

Mohammed Benhammedi is a key financier for the LIFG and believed to provide funds for the LIFG through Sara Properties Limited, Meadowbrook Investments Limited and Ozlam Properties Limited. These three businesses were also designated today. Benhammedi is also a member of what was identified as the LIFG economic committee.

During Operation Enduring Freedom, in early 2002, Benhammedi was detained, along with several others, by Iranian officials when he attempted to illegally enter Iran from Afghanistan.

DOB: September 2, 1957
POB: Benghazi, Libya
ADDRESS: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Ghuma Abd'rabbah is an associate of LIFG leader Abd' al-Rahman al-Faqih. Abd'rabbah is "Charity Correspondent" and one of three trustees for Sanabel Relief Agency Limited (SRA), an international charity organization controlled by the LIFG and used to transfer documents and funds for terrorist activities overseas. SRA was also designated today.
DOB: August 18, 1957
POB: Tripoli, Libya
ADDRESS: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Abdulbaqi Mohammed Khaled is a member of the LIFG and a director of SRA.
Sara Properties Limited AKA: SRA Sara Properties
ADDRESS 1: 104 Smithdown Road, Liverpool, Merseyside L7 4JQ (UK)
ADDRESS 2: 2a Hartington Road, Liverpool L8 0SG (United Kingdom)

Sara Properties Limited is a real estate agency trading in residential property sale and leasing. Mohammed Benhammedi, the co-director of Sara Properties Limited, is a 75 percent shareholder of Sara Properties Limited and the owner of the Internet domain for the Sara Properties Limited website. Through his ownership of several businesses in the UK, including Sara Properties Limited, Benhammedi is known to provide funds for the LIFG.

Bill Warner
private investigator
WBI Inc private Detective Agency
Sarasota Fl