Did Islamist Serial Killer Avert British Terror Attack?
18 Mar, 2008
According to AFP, around the time
What is truly bizarre is that the informant - who had apparently been paid by Belgian intelligence services for two decades - is not only an Islamist leader with links to Al Qaeda and other groups, but by his own confession he is a serial killer. Six men have died at his hands, with some of these killings apparently happening while he was a paid informant.
The man is 51-year old
Moroccan-born Abdelkader Belliraj, who has dual Belgian/Moroccan
nationality. He was arrested in
Moroccan police announced that the 23 arrested individuals had belonged to an "Islamist network", described by police as "a major terrorist network with Jihadist (holy war) roots, which was preparing to carry out acts of violence on the national territory."
Weapons, Heists, Politicians And Plots
The arrested individuals included two politicians. One of these was Mustapha Moatassim (pictured) who was the secretary-general of the al-Badil al-Hadari (Civilizational Alternative) Party. This party had only been allowed to exist officially in 2005. It took part in elections in 2007, but failed to get any seats.
Moatassim said on the 2007 campaign trail that his party would "create a society that stands together, where social disparities would be reduced; a society that highlights the equality of chances in terms of investments and production, a society characterized by the culture of local consumption for the good of development process and open to the great mutations in the world."
The spokesperson for the al-Badil al-Hadari party said after the ban: "For us, it is astonishing news because since we founded our party we have made it clear that democracy is our goal and we've proved that when we were among the first parties to condemn al-Qaeda and the use of violence in politics."
Another politician who was arrested was Mohamed Merouani (Marwani). He is secretary general of the Al Oumma ("Ummah" or "The Islamic Nation") party. This small Islamist party also contested the 2007 elections but gained no seats. One mainstream politician was also said to be part of Abdelkader Belliraj's "Islamist network".
Mae El Ainain Abadila (aka Alaa
Badella Ma-El Ainin) is a member of the Justice and Development
Party (Parti de la Justice et du D??veloppement or PJD).
This opposition group has 46 of the 325 seats in the Moroccan
parliament. Abadila, a pharmacist, was arrested with the others
linked to Belliraj. He heads a commission on the Western Sahara,
which has been trying to cede from
A reporter, Abdelhafid Sriti, was arrested. He was employed by the Al Manar TV channel, a media outlet for terrorist group Hizbollah.
The Moroccan interior minister also said that Belliraj's group had tried to develop links with the GSPC (Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat) in 2001, 2003 and 2004. The group had links with and took part in Algerian GSPC terror training camps in 2005.
GSPC was formed in
Since that time, announcements
made by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda's deputy leader, have referred
to GSPC as "Al Qaeda in the
Chakib Benmoussa additionally
stated that in 2002, Belliraj's group tried to get terrorist
training from the Hizbollah-run camps in
He said that Abdelkader Belliraj, who also used the aliases "Ilyass" and "Abdelkrim" had conceived of his terrorist group since 1992. In that year he had plotted attacks upon Moroccan Jewish citizens, a notion he had returned to in 2005.
The interior minister said that
jewelry stolen in
Benmoussa said that a 2000 robbery
Bekhti had been among six or seven
armed men who carried out the robbery in Kehlen in
At the press conference given by
Chakib Benmoussa, one surprising allegation, gleaned from the
results of the police questioning, came to light. Belliraj had
apparently confessed to six unsolved murders which had happened in
The Belgian Serial Killer
The interior minister said that Abdelkader Belliraj had confessed to committing the murders between 1986 and 1989, but gave no details. Gradually, the details of these six murders began to appear in reports in the Belgian press as they became investigated by the authorities. It now seems clear that the earliest murder took place in July 1988 and the last killing took place in October 1989.
The first of Belliraj's victims was a greengrocer who had opened a store at Saint-Gilles near the Gare du Midi, a train station in Brussels South. This man, 65-year old Raoul Schouppe, was shot in the head with a single 7.65 mm bullet from a revolver. It is believed that Abdelkader Belliraj murdered Mr Schouppe in his greengrocer's store because he thought he was Jewish. This murder took place on July 28, 1988. Belliraj appears to be mistaken in his assumption that Mr Schouppe, a Flemish former soldier, was Jewish.
Mr Schouppe specialized in
selling spices from
A short time after the murder of
the greengrocer, Belliraj is said to have carried out his second
targeted killing. On August 16, 1988, 53-year old Marcel Bille was
killed. Mr Bille was a native of
Though this was chronologically the second murder, it was the last one to be linked to Belliraj. Marcel Bille's body had been taken to a location halfway between Brussells and Nivelles, and had consequently been investigated originally by Nivelles' police department. Belliraj had allegedly stated to his Moroccan interrogators that he had killed Marcel Bille because he was a homosexual, who had made a pass at him.
The third and fourth murders were
the two which had first been mentioned in the Francophone Belgian
press. The double killing had been internationally reported at the
time. On February 14, 1989,
One of the most influential
clerics at that time in
Ahdal appeared on French-language TV channel RTBF on February 20, 1988. Through a translator he condemned Rushdie's book as "gratuitously blasphemous of all religions including that of Abraham." Despite this, the 36-year old rector said of the Iranian fatwa: "You must make a distinction between Islamic society and this country. Khomeini is responsible for his own country, but we are in a democratic country where everybody has the right to express his own thoughts and express themselves as they want.... You can't condemn a man to death like that."
Ahdal had suggested that there should have been a trial at which Rushdie would have been given a chance to repent to conform to Islamic law, the rector had claimed.
On March 29 1988, Abdullah Al-Ahdal
El Hasi and his assistant were shot in the head and neck in an
office in the Grand Mosque. The assistant who died was 40-year old
Tunisian Salim el-Beher, who worked in the mosque as an
archivist/librarian. Beher had been in
Initially, it was suspected that a
Lebanese group called "Soldiers for Truth" had carried out the
double murder. Reuters
reported that 24 hours
after the event, this group had informed a
The fifth murder victim was
Egyptian-born Samir Gahez Rasoul, aged 24. Mr Rasoul worked at the
Saudi Arabian embassy in
The last of the six victims that
have apparently been listed by Abdelkader Belliraj was murdered
because he was a prominent Jewish figure. 48-year old Joseph Wibran
(also spelled Wybran) was a renowned immunologist, who headed the
immunology department at the
At the time of Joseph Wibran's murder, terrorist group Abu Nidal was blamed. His widow Emmy claimed that she had thought that the murder of Joseph and the murder of Abdullah Al-Ahdal El Hasi were related. She said: "They both were man of peace and dialogue. Extremists don???t like people of dialogue." She added: "I want to see the face of the people who masterminded and executed the assassination."
The Ministry of the Interior in
Informant Or Double Agent?
Chakib Benmoussa, Morocco's Interior Minister, later claimed that Belliraj's terror structure was "a dangerous terrorist network that has reached advanced stages in preparing and carrying out its operations, marked by the definition of specified targets and the setting up of a political and destructive organization, as evidenced by its plans to carry out assassinations in 1992, 1996, 2002, 2004 and 2005."
Members of the group had been charged in Morocco with "forming a criminal gang to prepare and carry out terrorist acts aiming to undermine the public order through terror and violence", "premeditated murder", "transporting and possessing illegal firearms and ammunitions to use them in terrorist projects", "forging official documents", "usurpation of function to carry out terrorist projects", "fund donation and raising to finance terrorist projects" and "money laundering." The suspects are all being held in the prison at Sal??.
At the end of February this year, Belgian news agency Belga and certain Belgian newspapers announced that Abdelkader Belliraj had been an informant, in the paid employ of the Belgian State Security Services.
Following this announcement, the
Moroccan interior minister
claimed that it was
"obvious" that the Belgian intelligence services had known about
Abdelkader Belliraj. Chakib Benmoussa additionally confirmed that
the weapon used to attack Abraham Azenkot in
The Belgian newspaper "The Final Hour" openly questioned how the Belgian security services had recruited an Al Qaeda killer to act as an informant. According to the French language TV channel RTBF, Belgian's justice minister Jo Vandeurzen was concerned about the behavior of the security services. He said that an investigation should be launched into the affair.
March 4, Belgian media
carried more information on how Belliraj interacted with the State
Security Services (Staatsveiligheid). The newspaper De Morgen
reported that Belliraj was receiving a virtual monthly salary spying
De Morgen claimed that since late February this year, a delegation of FBI and CIA members have traveled to Morocco to investigate the claims made by Moroccan investigators.
By March 7 it became clear from leaked documents submitted to the Permanent Intelligence Oversight Committee that the intelligence wing of the Belgian army had also been aware of Belliraj. The newspaper De Morgen reported that the committee had requested and received "hundreds" of documents from the State Security Services and also from the Algemene Dienst Inlichting en Veiligheid (General Information and Security or ADIV).
The manner in which such details were being openly discussed caused Alain Winants, the general administrator of the State Security Services to issue a complaint. He said he "deplored" the media comments on issues which dealt with "highly classified" information. He also said that ignorant reporting of the Belliraj case also led to a negative presentation of the State Security Services, with reports misrepresenting its tasks, missions and effectiveness.
Alain Winants has been head of the Security Services since October 2006. He said that the "total irresponsibility" of media reporting could compromise relationships with other agencies. He confirmed that this is the first time that the department has had to answer public questions on "operational data". He also said that he had gained approval from Belgian Justice Minister Jo Vandeurzen, to take legal action against the person who had first leaked the news that Belliraj had been a long-term paid informant.
The Moroccan authorities have
stressed on more than
occasion that their
conducting of investigatory activities have been sound. A delegation
of six police officers from
According to Belgian newspaper De Tijd on March 7, not only did Abdelkader Belliraj act as an informant. He apparently helped to foil a terrorist attack in "another European country". This country was not specified. The sources for De Tijd's report were not named.
There were already many questions
about the role of Abdelkader Belliraj in
True Or False?
The story - though fascinating - has not been covered by the British press in any depth. The revelation on Saturday March 15 by Agence France-Presse may inspire British journalists to examine their case files from 2005.
AFP drew its information from the
La Libre Belgique.
The country that was "saved" from a terrorist attack by intelligence
given by Abdelkader Belliraj is now alleged to be - with no sources
I have tried to check reports of
arrests of Islamist individuals in
February 2006 the US
Treasury listed several British companies, including three based in
It is also theoretically possible
that the story of Belliraj actually being "useful" may itself be a
deliberate "leak" made by Belgian security services to "save face".
It is possible that there is no truth whatsoever in the story, but
that is a cynical interpretation. The notion that a man who killed
and plotted to kill people merely because he thought they were
Jewish does not fit my notion of a "hero". Even if he did report on
a terror plot in
One thing is certain. This story
is intriguing, and it will not immediately evaporate into the ether.
The upcoming trials of Belliraj and his 34 associates in
|If you like this essay:||Stumble it||digg it|
Adrian Morgan, aka
Giraldus Cambrensis of
Western Resistance, is UK-based writer and artist. He also writes for
Family Security Matters and
Date: Saturday March 22, 2008
Time: 08:06:18 -0700
Endlich - der erste arabische hardcore Anti-Islam-Blog ist da. http://blog.unmasking-islam.net/ Endlich - der erste arabische hardcore Anti-Islam- Fotoalbum ist da. http://album.unmasking-islam.net/ --- At last - the first Arab hardcore anti-Islam blog is here. http://blog.unmasking-islam.net/ At last - the first Arab hardcore anti-Islam Photo Albums is here. http://album.unmasking-islam.net/ --- أخيرا أول مدونة تعري وتفضح الإسلام http://blog.unmasking-islam.net/ أخيرا أول البوم صور يعري ويفضح الإسلام http://blog.unmasking-islam.net/
Date: Tuesday March 25, 2008
Time: 12:47:19 -0700
I understand that western ideology and islamic faith do not mix. I understand that Islam cannot be allowed to live among my people and will not be tolerated. The world will not be secure until islam is wiped from the face of this planet.