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Leaked files link Guantanamo detainee to 2002 Karachi bombings

Leaked US reports say that an al-Qaeda “assassin” who may have worked for British and Canadian intelligence was “possibly involved” in the 2002 Karachi bombings which killed 11 French submarine engineers and two Pakistanis. The blasts set off the Karachigate scandal in France, which have seen the victims’ families call for President Nicolas Sarkozy to appear in court and threaten to sue former president Jacques Chirac.

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Algerian citizen Adil Hadi al-Jaz'iri bin Hamlili is described as a "facilitator, courier, kidnapper, and assassin for al-Qaeda" in a leaked “assessement” file among hundreds published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper and the New York Times this week.

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He was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and later sent to Guantanamo Bay.

Although he told interrogators that he ran a carpet business in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, the CIA believed that he was an informant for Britain’s MI6 and Canada’s Secret Intelligence Service for more than three years.

They said that he withheld unspecified information from the spy agencies.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has confessed to being the architect of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, told interrogators that “Abu Adil” – an alias used by Hamlili – was responsible for three attacks in Pakistan, including the Karachi bombings.

The other two were an attack that killed three girls at a church in Punjab province and another on a Protestant church in Islamabad’s diplomatic area which killed five people.

Accusations that the Karachi attack was ordered by disgruntled Pakistani officials, angry that kickbacks linked to French contracts had ended, have led to a long-running criminal inquiry in France.

But question marks hang over evidence against many Guantanamo detainees, including Hamili, because of the methods used to obtain it.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times at a CIA “black site” in Thailand during the first month of his captivity.

The Obama adminstration on Monday condemned the release of the Guantanamo documents, claiming they had been obtained illegally through WikiLeaks.
 

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