Saturday, July 22, 2006
USED CAR EXPORTER IN JAPAN IS AL-QAEDA/THE STAR
Japan's Al-Qaeda Terror Threat; What was a French terrorist suspect on an international wanted list doing in Japan?
Intelligence reports showed that Lionel Dumont killed a police officer during a robbery in Bosnia and was sentenced to 20 years’ jail in a Sarajevo prison before he escaped in 1991 after serving only three years.
He was also convicted in absentia by a French court in 2001 for a string of violent crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment but he managed to avoid detection in Japan for a year.
“He lived for a year using a fake passport and working as a car dealer,'' a source said.
Living with his German wife in Niigata, north-west of Tokyo, from July 2002 until September 2003, Dumont's friends were mostly Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Africans.
Regional intelligence officials said they suspected that Dumont was based in Japan by al-Qaeda and given the task of delivering equipment and funds to terrorists.
Working with Pakistani colleagues, Lionel Dumont sold and exported used cars to Russia, Dubai and North Korea during his stay in Niigata Japan, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper said.
Dumont got a 30 year prison term in December 2005. see link http://www.wwrn.org/article.php?idd=20126&sec=33&con=2
WBI INC TERRORISM RESEARCH CTR