posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 08:43 PM
Jonathan Idema, a man on trial for the alleged torturing of Afghan terror suspects, claims that he was hot on the heels of Bin Laden before his July
5th arrest. Idema claimed to have official sanctions from the U.S. and Afghanistan to hunt down terrorists. Idema also claims that he would have had
Bin Laden in his custody within 30 days had he not been arrested.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An American on trial for allegedly torturing Afghan terror suspects in a private jail claimed Saturday in his first
interview from custody that he was hot on the heels of Osama bin Laden and other militant leaders when he was arrested on July 5.
Jonathan Idema told The Associated Press he had official sanction from Afghans and Americans to hunt down terrorists and said he has been prevented
from showing the evidence in court. Prosecutors say Idema was waging a private war, and he faces up to 20 years in a crumbling Afghan prison if
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Jonathan Idema, who served time in the 1980's for bilking $200,000 in goods from 60 companies, states that he went to Afghanistan because he believed
the anti-terrorist efforts of the U.S. were failing. Idema also complains about not being able to speak freely to the press, and being beaten
repeatedly by his jailers, all of the things the he allegedly did to Afghan terror suspects.
Idema claims that the FBI orchestrated his arrest to cover its own mistakes. He also allegedly led NATO peacekeepers on a raid which uncovered traces
of explosives in two houses.
According to Idema, he gave the FBI the exact location of Bin Laden and they got there 5 days after Bin Laden had departed. It was confirmed later
that Bin Laden had been at that address. The location and satellite phone number of Ayman al-Zawahri, the alleged al-Qaida No. 2, was also claimed to
have been given to the FBI, but they failed to act again, according to Idema.
He claims that these are the reason he went to Afghanistan on his hunt. Idema is accused of torturing prisoners, along with 2 other American and 4
Afghans, and will resume trial on Monday.
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