Two Islamic terror suspects released in Canada

Mahmoud JABALLAH — a suspect in the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

Mohamed Zeki MAHJOUB — a former employee of Osama bin Laden

“Children and innocent people were blown to pieces.” Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day, regarding the 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania citing JABALLAH’S involvement.

14 April 2007: Two of 5 Muslim illegal immigrants who spent several years fighting deportation attempts, considered to be threats to Canadian security and detained under Canadian federal security certificates were released this week in separate federal court rulings.

Mohamed Zeki MAHJOUB, 47 a member of the Egyptian Islamic terror group the “Vanguards of Conquest,” and who once ran a farming operation in Sudan for al Qaeda terror leader Osama bin Laden, and Mahmoud JABALLAH, a suspect in the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, were released from detention under the Canadian federal security certificate law. Canadian Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day has concerns over the release of both suspected terrorists, although was quoted by The Globe and Mail, “We will respect the court ruling and hope that the [house-arrest] safeguards will be enough to keep Canadians safe,”

The case of Mohamed Zeki MAHJOUB-

Of all Canada’s terrorism suspects, Mohamed Zeki MAHJOUB, 47 has the most definitive ties to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Before being granted refugee status in Canada in 1996, MAHJOUB ran a large farming operation for bin Laden in Sudan, at a time when bin laden would have been present at the installation. Although MAHJOUB has never been accused of taking part in any specific terrorist act, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has asserted that MAHJOUB was part of an Egyptian terror group known as the Vanguards of Conquest and associated with other Islamic terrorists and terror organization. He has been reportedly involved with “a Canadian al-Qaeda financier and an Iraqi identified by the U.S. 9/11 Commission as al-Qaeda’s ‘principal procurement agent for weapons of mass destruction.’”

MAHJOUB was released to his wife Mona EL FOULI in Toronto Thursday, and will be under a “strict form” of house arrest. Although the media was not granted access to MAHJOUB, he was observed at his Toronto apartment through the doorway, sitting in the living room with his hands on his knees. He wore an off-white Islamic tunic and his beard came down to his stomach.

Canada Border Services Agency will monitor MAHJOUB with a GPS ankle bracelet and through video cameras and phone taps at his house. Authorities will also follow the suspect whenever he is permitted to leave his residence.

The case of Mahmoud JABALLAH

Despite “reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. JABALLAH was a senior member of [Egyptian al-Jihad] who acted as a communicator among terrorist cells of the AJ and al-Qaeda” at the time of the deadly 1998 al-Qaeda bombings in Africa, Mahmoud JABALLAH, an Egyptian terrorism suspect, was released from custody yesterday and reunited with his family in Toronto, Ontario. JABALLAH is one of five immigrant suspected Islamic terrorists, and “Islamists considered to be threats to Canadian security” who have been held on Canadian “security certificates.” Instead of detention, JABALLAH will be placed under strict “house arrest,” although his de-facto warden will be none other than his wife, Husnah Al-MASHTOULI, an individual who has previously lied to officials and the courts about her husband’s activities and associations with Islamic terrorists and terrorist groups.

Beginning in 1999, the Canadian government has attempted to use the federal security-certificate process to deport JABALLAH from Canada. Failing that, JABALLAH was arrested in 2001 and has been held in a Kingston prison, although was never formally charged with any crime. Consequently, JABALLAH was released after a 62-page bail decision was filed by Canadian Madame Justice Carolyn Layden-Stevenson. According to published accounts, Judge Layden-Stevenson addressed the issue of security-certificate cases, noting that they rely on “reasonable suspicion” and not criminal standards of proof necessary to detain individual suspects.

At issue are JABALLAH’S late-1990s phone records. It was revealed that JABALLAH made 72 telephone calls to Yemen, 47 calls to Azerbaijan, 75 calls to a known al Qaeda front in London, England, and another 20 calls to the United Kingdom, Yemen, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan, all within a 48 hour period. Officials who interviewed JABALLAH stated that he has been uncooperative, and never “offered any explanation” for the calls that strongly suggest either direct involvement or complicity in Islamic terrorism operations where hundreds of people were murdered.

Speaking to the Canadian media, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said that he remains disturbed by Mr. Jaballah’s presence in Canada. “The court has agreed with the evidence that suggests that Mr. Jaballah had active participation from within Canada of the 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania,” adding that “Children and innocent people were blown to pieces.”

Although JABALLAH has been released to the “watchful eyes” of his wife, his house arrest will be strict, his communications will be closely monitored and federal agents will follow him whenever he leaves his home.