Bin Laden, Bosnia and Albania: Made by USA
to the attacks on 11 September
AIM Sarajevo, October 11, 2001
Bosnia Haunted by Suspicions
How to Become a Wanted Person
This week, a B&H citizen, Bensaj Benkacen Medz, allegedly Bin Laden’s very close associate, was arrested in Zenica, near Sarajevo. It is believed that he kept open phone line with bin Laden. Practically at the same time, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska and President of the Serbian Party of Independent Social Democrats Milorad Dodik affirmed that there were still some 600 Mujaheddins left in B&H and that there were photographs proving that „during the war in B&H Alija Izetbegovic met with Osama bin Laden, whereas Haris Silajdzic (one of the former B&H Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers and until recent President of the Party for B&H) was forced to withdraw from politics because of his close links with Al Khaid.
At the last session of the association of independent intellectuals „Circle 99“ held in Sarajevo and later Press Conference in Banja Luka, the President of the Chamber of Nations of the B&H Parliament, Sejfudin Tokic, said that he was informed about the photo of SDA leader Alija Izetbegovic with the Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, but that he has not seen it. Actually, Tokic explained that he heard this from high representatives in Strasbourg at the last month’s meeting of the Council of Europe. At the same time, Tokic said that that „it is obvious that some members of the former authorities maintained contacts with representatives of Islamic organisations which are suspected of terrorist attacks against the USA“. Some foreign journalists, who had been in Sarajevo during the war, said recently that they even saw bin Laden personally in the building of B&H Presidency.
Responding to Dodik’s statements, Izetbegovic called them childish lies claiming that he had heard of bin Laden for the first time some two or three years ago, that Dodik’s statement was an attempt at diverting attention from crimes committed in B&H during the war, which according to Izetbegovic could not have been all committed only by 50 persons on the Hague’s list of indictments, „but thousands of people who are today walking freely through the Republic of Srpska“. Silajdzic who was away at that time did not react to this.
The mentioned Benkacen, for whose arrest the SFOR thanked and commended the B&H authorities, had been granted citizenship on January 4, 1996. He got it on the basis of the then (war) Law on Citizenship under which it was sufficient to pay USD 1,000 in state taxes and sign a statement on his loyalty to the state of B&H. According to reports of the Sarajevo dailies, the decision on the granted citizenship was signed by the then Assistant Minister of the Interior in the Government of the Republic of B&H, Borisa Arnaut. Also, a new B&H passport was issued to Medz this July 21.
According to the accompanying documentation from 1996, Interpol had not placed Medz on the wanted list and in 2001 he was not checked because he already had citizenship. At the same time, State Commission for the Verification of B&H Citizens naturalised between April 6, 1992 and the entry into force of the B&H Constitution did not check his file because he had not been granted citizenship in the period under review (B&H Constitution entered into force with the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in late 1995, i.e. before Medz got his citizenship). Only later verification of Medz’s identity (after his arrest) showed that this citizen of B&H had several passports from a number of countries and two „origins“ – one from Yemen and the other from Algeria.
An arrest made in Turkey poured oil on the fire in the story about suspects and arrests. A journalist of „Slobodna Bosna“ (Free Bosnia), Edvin Avdic from Sarajevo was arrested at the Istanbul Airport. The reason for his arrest was that one Edvin Avdic had been on the Interpol’s wanted list for three years for various criminal offences, including murder. As Istanbul police explained during one and a half hour talk, journalist Avdic was „saved“ by his date of birth and parents‘ names, which differed from those in the police sheet of the other Edvin. And at that same time, the B&H Ministerial Council, i.e. Commission for Fight Against Terrorism introduced a new measure for all those coming to B&H by air – the so call „landing card“ like the one introduced at American airports, which every foreigner would have to fill in with his personal and data on his stay in B&H. The same measure is being prepared for those who come by land, while a new visa regime, identical to the „Schengen“ one has also been announced. This Commission, comprised of representatives of the SFOR, IPTF, OHR, OSCE, the American Embassy in B&H and Deputies of all Ministers in the B&H Government holds working meetings once a week so as to analyse the work done in the previous week, as well as its plans for the next one.
One such Jihadist to whom Arnaut gave Bosnian citizenship is Bensaj Benkacen Medz who had an open phone line directly with bin Laden. About 5,000 Jihadists have been made Bosnian citizens and rumors have it that even bin Laden himself held one.
At least 2 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were one of these Arnaut-approved Bosnian citizens.
Arnaut’s excuse on this issue is as much a sophistry as is akin to the now famous Nazi excuse: he was just following the orders.
“I did not bring in Bosnia these 5,000 people from around the world as they accused me. Formerly I was in that position where I formally approved citizenship. But you have to understand that acceptance of those people as citizenship was allowed by the laws and the constitution of Bosnia. Why those people came to Bosnia you need to ask those that came up with such rules. I was personally against such policy,” Arnaut told Serbian newspaper Novosti.
After many years, Serbia has finally agreed to unfreeze the Ambassadorial post for Bosnia after a meeting in Turkey.
LONDON – The man accused of orchestrating the U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa operates a terrorist network out of Albania that has infiltrated other parts of Europe, The Sunday Times reported.
The newspaper quoted Fatos Klosi, the head of the Albanian intelligence service, as saying a network run by Saudi exile Osama Bin Laden sent units to fight in the Serbian province of Kosovo.
Bin Laden is believed to have established an Albanian operation in 1994 after telling the government he headed a wealthy Saudi humanitarian agency wanting to help Albania, the newspaper reported.
Klosi said he believed terrorists had already infiltrated other parts of Europe from bases in Albania. Interpol believes more than 100,000 blank Albanian passports were stolen in riots last year, providing ample opportunity for terrorists to acquire false papers, the newspaper said.
Apparent confirmation of Bin Laden’s activities came earlier this month during the murder trial of Claude Kader, 27, a French national who said he was a member of Bin Laden’s Albanian network, the newspaper said.
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Bin Laden’s Balkan Connections
Dedicated to all victims of terrorism, including a member of The Centre for Peace in the Balkans who is still listed as missing in the World Trade Centre bombing.
In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 2, 1999, CIA Director George Tenet warned of the worldwide threat posed by the Bin Laden network: