AUSTRALIAN MUSLIM LEADERS MAY LINK TO TOP AL-QAEDA

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 3) - The Australian
Broadcasting Corporation has obtained Spanish court documents that appear to
link two Australian Muslim leaders with Spain's top al-Qaeda suspect.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed they are aware of
communications between the Australians and the Spanish man, Abu Dahdah.

Abu Dahdah, who is being held as al-Qaeda's top man in Spain, is
alleged to have met the main organizer of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the
United States, Mohammed Atta.

Court documents tendered last year to support Abu Dahdah's
detention on terrorism charges allege repeated contacts between the Spanish
suspect and Australians Sheikh Mohammed Omran and Bilal Khazal.

Sheik Omran denies he has had any contact with the man and Bilal
Khazal did not respond to questions from the ABC.

The AFP say it knows of such communications, and has revealed it
has at least 65 ongoing investigations into people potentially involved in
terrorist activity.

The ABC has approached the Attorney-General's Office for
comment.

September 4, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

 

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