Spanish Taliban jailed for six years for al-Qaeda links
5 October 2005, MADRID — A Spaniard who was held at Guantanamo Bay has been jailed for six years in his own country for his links to al-Qaeda.
5 October 2005
MADRID — A Spaniard who was held at Guantanamo Bay has been jailed for six years in his own country for his links to al-Qaeda.
Hamed Abderrahman Ahmed, known as the Spanish Taliban, was held for two years at the US base on Cuba.
Judges at Spain's supreme court said Ahmed had travelled to Afghanistan to join al-Qaeda to convert himself into a mujahideen and begin yihad or Holy War.
The court will take into account the time Ahmed spent in a Spanish jail after his return from Guantanamo Bay, from February to July last year.
But his sentence will not include the two years he was held in Cuba.
Born in Ceuta, Spain's North African enclave, Ahmed was linked to an al-Qaeda cell which was disbanded in November 2001 after the US invasion of Afghanistan.
The cell was led by Imad Eddin Barakat, known as Abu Dahdah, the Syrian-born naturalised Spaniard who was jailed for 27 years last week for belonging to al-Qaeda and conspiring with others to plan the 9/11 attacks on the US.
Ahmed was recruited by Abu Dahdah and another al-Qaeda operative in Spain and in 2001 he travelled to Iran, then on to Afghanistan.
Taped telephone calls used in evidence helped to convicted Ahmed of belonging to this cell.
The court was told he planned to be start military training and fight for yihad. He had planned to join the holy war in Chechnya, but was unable to owing to the US intervention in Afghanistan.
He was captured by US forces and sent to Guantanamo Bay.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news