July 9, 2005

LONDON BASE:

As relatives fear worst, suspect's identity emerges (GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN, 7/09/05, The Scotsman)

Last night, a Morocco-born man was emerging as a possible suspect. Reports in Brussels suggest that British security officials have been seeking information from European counterparts about Mohamed Garbuzi.

An associate of the London-based radical cleric Abu Qatada, Garbuzi has been described by a Spanish judge as "Osama bin Laden's ambassador in Europe".

Garbuzi was last year convicted in his absence by a Moroccan court and sentenced to 20 years for involvement in bomb attacks in Casablanca in 2003.

The Home Secretary said it was too early to be definite about the identity of the attackers, but confirmed early indications suggested that an al-Qaeda-linked group was responsible.

"The fact is, the modus operandi, the nature of the events and the website claims, all of these give some substance to that being a strong possibility," he said.

Mr Clarke, who last night called a special meeting of his European counterparts in response to the bombings, stressed that the terrorist threat remained "live".

"I have been very clear, the security services, the police have been very clear over a considerable period of time, that there is and was a substantial threat to this country," he said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 9, 2005 6:52 AM
Comments

He buried the lede: Officials in Brussels waited about 15 minutes to start leaking the status of the investigation to Al Qaeda.

Posted by: pj at July 9, 2005 6:56 AM
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