posted on Dec, 6 2004 @ 07:12 PM
Much to the chagrin of Washington Iran has captured, held, and tried several al Qaeda members. Intelligence sources believe that Saad bin Laden, son
of Osama, was one of the men tried. Also believed to be in that group is Saif-al-Edel, the man that reportedly took over al Qaeda after Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed was captured. These men were accused of plotting against Iran and planning terrorism.
Iran's judiciary has tried a number of arrested al Qaeda members and verdicts have been issued, a senior judiciary official was quoted as saying on
Tehran Justice Department head Abbasali Alizadeh told the semi-official Fars news agency Iran's "high-ranking officials are satisfied with the issued
verdicts," but did not elaborate on what the verdicts had been.
News of the trials is likely to anger Washington which has repeatedly called on Iran to hand over all al Qaeda suspects it is holding. Guilty verdicts
sentencing them to long jail terms would make that an even more distant prospect.
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These developments are likely to upset Washington because they won't be able to interrogate or use any of these men as intelligence assets. However,
any time you get such people "off the street", it's a good thing.
It should be noted that the State Department has no confirmation of these trials.
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