Adel Abdel Bari

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Adel Mohammed Abdel Magid Abdel Bari (Arabic: عادل محمد عبدالمجيد عبدالباري‎) (born 1960) is an Egyptian militant who, together with fellow Egyptian Ibrahim Hussein Abdel Hadi Eidarous until the latter's death, were in the custody of the United Kingdom since 1999,[1] fighting extradition to the United States, where they are wanted[2] in connection with the 1998 United States embassy bombings in East Africa. The Saudi Khalid al-Fawwaz was arrested earlier and was in a similar situation. Both men were extradited to the US in October 2012.[3]

On a return trip from the United States to Egypt via the UK in 1991, Abdel Bari applied for political asylum. It was granted in 1993.[4] While at large in London he worked for al-Qaeda's Advice and Reform Committee under al-Fawwaz and alongside Eidarous. In October, Bari contacted Mahmoud Jaballah to mention he was shipping him several books and periodicals, including al-Mujahideen and al-Faqr for distribution in Canada, and copies of the Shifaa and some audiocassettes he asked him to forward on to Thirwat Shehata.[5]

He was sentenced to death in absentia in Egypt in 1995 for his part in the 1995 plot to blow up the Khan el-Khalili market, along with Ahmad Ibrahim al-Sayyid al-Naggar and Ahmad Salama Mabruk.[4][6][7]

In 1998, Bari asked Naggar to claim asylum in the United Kingdom, so he could help convince Hani Sibai to support the Algerian GIA in media communiques.[8]

He was arrested in September 1998 in the United Kingdom, as part of Operation Challenge, which arrested seven men living in Britain through use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1989, accusing them of links to al-Jihad.[5][9]

According to the American indictment, Abdel Bari communicated by satellite phone with Ayman al-Zawahiri, Zawahiri invited Abdel Bari into the British component of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and Abdel Bari accepted, promising to obey the EIJ leadership. Abdel Bari and Eidarous are also accused of issuing statements to several press organs shortly after the embassy bombings, in which they claim to represent the perpetrators.

He received an additional life sentence in absentia in the 1999 case of the Returnees from Albania, q.v., in which he was convicted of being a media agent of EIJ and the head of EIJ's London component.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Two Arrested in U.S. Embassy Bombings, Washington Post, 12 July 1999
  2. ^ Copy of indictment USA v. Usama bin Laden et al., Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  3. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_21715807/five-extradited-terrorism-suspects-appear-u-s-courts
  4. ^ a b UNHCR information on Abdel Bari and other Egyptians, originally from the Government of Canada
  5. ^ a b Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Summary of the Security Intelligence Report concerning Mahmoud Jaballah, February 22, 2008
  6. ^ al-Ahram, Military trial for bombing suspects, November 5–11, 1998
  7. ^ Egypt's most wanted, al-Ahram Weekly, 18 October 2001
  8. ^ Pargeter, Alison. "The New Frontiers of Jihad", p. 54
  9. ^ Hoge, Warren. New York Times, "Britain arrests 7 suspected of links to Bin Laden", September 24, 1998