Terrorism: February 1, 2000

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Congress has provided funding for 1,000.--Stephen V Cole

Senegal infuriated US security officials on 28 Jan as it "deported" wanted terrorist suspect Mohambedou Ould Slahi to his native Mauritania rather than handing him over to the US for trial. While Mauritania insists that Slahi is under arrest and "being interrogated at a secret location", US officials are convinced that he is effectively free and will never be extradited. Slahi is the brother-in-law of a key aid to Osama bin Laden and is thought to have been either the messenger or the mastermind behind the plot by a group of Algerians to set off several huge bombs inside the US. Mauritanian law prohibits extraditing its own citizens, but the government could (in theory) make an exception to preserve good relations with the US. The Mauritanian government has, over the last six months, arrested (at US urging) and questioned seven Mauritanians linked to bin

 

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