A joint operation between the CIA and Malawi's National Intelligence Bureau, 5 men suspected of running charities that funneled money to Al Qaeda have been arrested in Blantyre, Malawi and were to be deported from the southern African nation, intelligence officials said Monday.
An attorney for the men, Shabir Latif, said the CIA plans to take custody of the men and transfer them to the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but his claim could not be immediately confirmed. The men arrested were:
Mahmud Sardar Issa, a Sudanese who heads a charitable organization called Islamic Zakat Fund Trust in Blantyre
Fahad Ral Bahli, a Saudi who is the director of the Malawi branch of Registered Trustees of the Prince Sultan Bin Aziz Special Committee on Relief
Arif Ulusam, a Turk and a Blantyre restaurant owner
Ibrahim Itabaci, Turkish executive director of Bedir International School
Khalifa Abdi Hassan, a Kenyan Islamic scholar working for the Moslem Association of Malawi.