, who returned to Canada in January after serving a prison term in France for his
involvement in terrorist plots, told the National Post he
only helped Bosnian Muslims fight Serbs during the 1990s civil war.
"We helped them and now we are the war criminals," Kamel
told the newspaper."That's what hurts."
The newspaper found Kamel
at a townhouse the French-speaking city, where he
is now reportedly living with his
wife and young son.
Authorities claim Ahmed Ressam belonged to the same Montreal extremist group as Kamel
"I've seen him here like everybody," Kamel
said."It's somebody I know hardly at all."
three-week French trial in 2001, however, Ressam was convicted in absentia.
At that trial, authorities portrayed Kamel
as the spiritual leader of the so-called Roubaix gang - named for the city in northern France where they were based in the mid-1990s.Other gang members fled or were killed during a 1996 police raid on the Roubaix headquarters.Kamel
apparently ran a small craft store in Montreal until his
arrest in Jordan in 1999.He
was sent to France and convicted in 2001 and sentenced to eight years for trafficking in forged documents and his
association with terrorists implicated in subway bombings.Kamel
was released early, reportedly for good behavior.
Investigators believe his
Groupe Fateh Kamel was tied to the Algerian Armed Islamic Group
(GIA) as well as the al-Qaida network.He
maintained in the interview that he
was never a part of an extremist group.