Ibrahim Eidarous

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Ibrahim Hussein Abdel Hadi Eidarous (ابراهيم حسين عبد الهادي عيداروس)(c. 1957 – 2008) was an Egyptian militant who was alleged to have led the London-based chapter of al-Jihad. He was held in the custody of the United Kingdom from 1999,[1] fighting extradition to the United States, where he was wanted in connection with the 1998 United States embassy bombings.[2] He died of leukaemia in 2008.

History[edit]

A member of al-Jihad's "Special Missions Committee" due to his skill at forging passports, Eidarous had fought in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s, before accompanying Ayman al-Zawahiri on trips to the Sudan and Yemen.[4]

In December 1996, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Ahmad Salama Mabruk and Mahmud Hisham al-Hennawi were arrested by Russian authorities as they tried to cross into Chechnya. Eidarous and Tharwat Salah Shehata traveled to Dagestan to plead for the release of the "merchants" who they argued had been unfairly arrested.[5]

The regional commander of al-Jihad in Baku, Azerbaijan, he traveled to London in 1996 to take over the leadership role in England from Adel Abdel Bary.[2] There are suggestions that he initiated al-Jihad's presence in Azerbaijan, and that there was no activity in the country between August 1995 and May 1996.[6]

Arrest[edit]

He was arrested, along with Yasir al-Sirri in Baku.[7] 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.[8][9] He was held in prison for three years in England after documents found on him revealed a possible link between al-Qaeda and the al-Jihad militants who had bombed the American embassies in 1998.[4]

In the indictment, Eidarous and Abdel Bary are accused of sending statements to several press organs shortly after the bombings, claiming to represent the people responsible.

Eidarous was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer by 2002, and treated by the National Health Service in Britain, while being held at Broadmoor Hospital.[10] He was released on house arrest, and died in 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Report of arrests, Washington Post
  2. ^ a b Copy of indictment USA v. Usama bin Laden et al.] S(6)98 Crim.1023(LBS), District Court of Southern New York, June 1999. Emphasis on page 28.
  3. ^ al-Sharq al-Awsat, "Egyptian fundamentalist blames USA for his detention in Britain", March 1, 1999
  4. ^ a b Egyptian State Information Service, "Most Wanted Poster", October 24, 2001. p. 7
  5. ^ Wall Street Journal, "Saga of Dr. Zawahri Sheds Light On the Roots of al Qaeda Terror"
  6. ^ Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Azerbaijan: Whether al-Jihad or any other terrorist organization had a presence in Azerbaijan between August 1995 and May 1996, February 5, 2003
  7. ^ Scheuer, Michael. "Through Our Enemy's Eyes", 2003. p. 236
  8. ^ Hoge, Warren. New York Times, "Britain arrests 7 suspected of links to Bin Laden", September 24, 1998
  9. ^ Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Summary of the Security Intelligence Report concerning Mahmoud Jaballah, February 22, 2008. Appendix A.
  10. ^ Daily Times of Pakistan, Terrorists planning chemical hit on European targets, December 19, 2002