The Serbian war crimes prosecutor's office has expressed an interest in the case of former Al-Qa'idah officer and El Mujahid unit member Ali Hamad, who is seeking temporary residence in Serbia.
The Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor's office has been trying to shed light on events that the former Al-Qa'idah
officer from Bahrain, Ali Hamad
, mentioned in his
testimony, when he
readiness to talk about crimes committed by Allah's warriors during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina [B-H].
"We are eager to hear Ali Hamad's
is currently in the B-H Immigration Centre
based in Eastern Sarajevo, where he
is awaiting his
deportation from B-H
is a repentant terrorist.
testified before the Hague tribunal's Trial Chamber against B-H Army Chief of Staff Gen.
Rasim Delic and told the prosecution everything he
knew about the mujahidin crimes and their links to Bosniak [Bosnian Muslim] politicians and military.
Some of his
testimonies previously given to the former Bosniak intelligence agency, the Investigation and Documentation Agency
, made possible the relocation of mass graves on Mt. Ozren, where Serb soldiers and civilians were buried.
"I have asked for permission to leave for Serbia and temporary reside there.
For the time being I do not intend to seek asylum in Serbia.
If Serbia approves my entry and if I decide not to stay there, I would like to go back home to Bahrain.
In that case, I would not return to my homeland as a deported person who has had a number of problems with police, but as a free man," Ali Hamad
has told us.
believes that Serbian authorities will be keen to hear what he
knows about war crimes committed by the mujahidin against Serbs and Croats during the war in B-H
caught the B-H public's attention when he
publicly spoke out about the role of the Al-Qa'idah
terrorist network in the B-H war and mujahidin crimes.
told Germany's Der Spiegel that Al-Qa'idah
's leader Usamah bin Laden had not sent his
warriors to B-H
was so concerned about the fate of the Bosnian Muslims, but primarily to set up a base for terrorist actions in Europe.
repeated this claim in his
testimony against Rasim Delic as well.
Even today he
insists that Al-Qa'idah
's cells are active in B-H
and that B-H Muslims play a significant role in those cells.
Ali Hamad fell prey to Al-Qa'idah
as a 17 year old boy because of family problems.
military training in the (Kulijet Dzaver el Askarije?) camp in Afghanistan, where he
fought against former Soviet troops.
arrived to B-H
in 1992 via Frankfurt, Zagreb and Split.
At first, he fought with the El Mujahid unit as a soldier and then he became a platoon commander.
After the war he
was convicted to 12 years' imprisonment because of his
role in a car-bomb attack on the Croatian part of Mostar in 1997.
continues to insist even today that he
never took part in that bombing incident.
definitely turned his
back on Usamah bin Laden and Al-Qa'idah
in September 2001, following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade centre and the Pentagon.
Since then he
has been an active antiterrorist campaigner.