Christian Ganczarski (born 1966) is a German citizen of Polish ancestry who converted to Islam. He was born in Gliwice, Silesia, Poland.
Nicolas Sarkozy, then French Interior Minister, alleged Ganczarski was a top al Qaeda leader. The Alliance Base captured Ganczarski at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Early on the morning of April 11, 2002 Niser bin Muhammad Nasar Nawar and a colleague drove a truck loaded with natural gas canisters behind a German tourist bus near the El Ghriba synagogue on Djerba island, Tunisia. Nawar then used a cell phone belonging to his brother to phone Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ganczarski. After his colleague fled the scene on foot, Nawar detonated the explosives.
In February 2009, a French court sentenced Ganczarski to 18 years in prison for the bombing.
- ^ However, a judicial source close to the investigation told Reuters news agency that French prosecutors had no evidence of any close link between Ganczarski and bin Laden; see Deutsche Welle report, French Allege Detained German Is Top Al Qaeda Leader
- ^ BBC: France arrests al-Qaeda suspects
- ^ a b Hedges, Chris. New York Times, Tunisian killed in Synagogue blast was unlikely convert to militancy, June 9, 2002
- ^ BBC, Two jailed over Tunisia bombing, February 5, 2009
- ^ Michel Moutot: Al Qaeda militant found guilty for Tunisian synagogue attack - Expatica, 06/02/2009