“Interpol issues ‘Red Notice’ for Britain’s terror widow on behalf of Kenyan authorities”

October 1, 2013

NBC News on September 26, 2013 released the following:

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor

“Interpol has issued a “Red Notice,” or internationally wanted persons alert, for the British mother of three dubbed the “White Widow” at the request of authorities in Kenya.

Samantha Lewthwaite, known as “Sherafiya,” is thought to be a key member of al Shabaab, the Somalia-based militant group that has claimed responsibility for the deadly Nairobi mall siege.

She is wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011, according to Interpol.

Circulated to all 190 Interpol member countries, the Red Notice is one of the international crime fighting organization’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives.

“By requesting an Interpol Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global ‘tripwire’ for this fugitive,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

While the Interpol notice does not specifically cite the mall attacks, Lewthwaite was mentioned on al Shabaab’s Twitter feed before the post was taken down late Sunday.

“@HSM-PRESSOFFICE2: Sherafiyah lewthwaite aka Samantha is a very vrave (sic) lady,” it read. “were happier to have her in our ranks #westgate #AlShabaab COWARDS!”

It is not the first time Lewthwaite has been linked to attacks in Kenya, where police believe she was part of a thwarted attack on hotels in the holiday resort in Mombasa, planned for Christmas 2011.

Lewthwaite hails from Banbridge, a small town around 30 miles south of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

She is a Muslim convert whose husband Germaine Lindsay was one of three suicide bombers responsible for the July 7, 2005 London bombings.

Her mother, Christine Allen, is widely reported to have met her father, Andy Lewthwaite, while he was serving as a British soldier in the 1970s in Northern Ireland at the height of the time known as “The Troubles.”

As a child, she lived in Banbridge for two years, with her parents and older siblings Sabrina and brother John, attending a local primary school, according to the Belfast Telegraph newspaper.

Her grandmother Elizabeth Allen, who still lives near the town, told the paper that she now wears a panic alarm in case Lewthwaite reappears.

“I’ve been told by Special Branch [police officers] to contact them immediately if anything happens,” she said.

After her father left the army, they returned to the British mainland, settling in Aylesbury, a small town north of London, where family friends describe her as a “jolly girl.”

Raj Khan, a local councilor who has known Samantha for years said he finds it hard to reconcile the woman who he sees on the news, with the girl he once knew.

“She was a jolly child, and a really good person,” he told NBC News. “She was an innocent young person. She would do anything to help other people, she was a very good human being.”

He added that he fears his old friend was being demonized and that he will only pass judgment on the girl he knew if she is charged with terrorist activity.

“She was not strong-headed,” he said. “That’s why I find it absolutely amazing that she is supposed to be [involved in] an international criminal terrorist organization.”

Family friend Niknam Hussain added that she was not born into Islam, but had become interested in it after befriending a local Muslim family.

“They were a nice normal Muslim family of Pakistani origin, nothing radical about them in the slightest,” he told NBC News. “The father was a pious man who helped out in the local mosque, but they were not extreme at all. They still aren’t.”

He added that Samantha had befriended two daughters, of a similar age and spent a lot of time at the family’s home after her parents split in 1995, according to Britain’s, Daily Mail.

At around the age of 15, she had asked to become a Muslim.

“It was entirely her decision,” Hussain added. “She was not pressured or cajoled into anything. She was very keen to do something herself and as far as I know her family supported her decision and the Muslim family helped to facilitate this.

“Quite how and where she became radicalized, I don’t know, but it certainly wasn’t here. The family still goes to the mosque but they are normal members of society. The brothers are both mechanics and the daughters who were friends with Samantha are now housewives.”

In an interview with Britain’s The Sun tabloid, Lewthwaite said she met suicide bomber and fellow Muslim convert, Germaine Lindsay in an online chat room when she was 17 and the pair were married three years later.

After the coordinated suicide attacks which killed 52 and injured over 700 on July 7, 2005, she publicly denounced her 20-year-old husband.

“She seemed genuine,” Hussain said. “She went back to her family so I think they had a very strong relationship.”

But then she disappeared.

Nothing was known of her whereabouts until earlier this year when it emerged that she had gone on the run after police foiled a plot to blow up Western tourist targets near the Kenyan resort of Mombassa.

When British national Jermaine Grant and Kenyan Fouad Manswab were arrested in December 2011, police allegedly found ingredients identical to those used in the London bombings, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

Under questioning, both men claimed they were acting under the direction of Lewthwaite who somehow managed to avoid arrest.

So fearful of her influence were Kenyan authorities that when her accused co-conspirator originally came to trial, the case was moved to a high security court because of a new “security threat,” Jacob Ondari, the deputy public prosecutor, told Mombasa magistrates’ according to Kenya’s The Nation newspaper.

He was due in court again on Monday, but it was unclear if the trial started again due to the hostage crisis.

“We know that Fouad is in touch with Samantha Lewthwaite, and they were planning to rescue their accomplice,” Ondari told reporters.

But in a March 2012 interview with The Sun, Lewthwaite’s father Andy denied that she would have anything to do with the plot.

“Samantha would not be involved in anything to do with terrorism. She was badly affected by what happened before and would have nothing to do with it. I am sure of that,” he told them, although he admitted he hadn’t heard from his daughter for some time.

Since then Lewthwaite has been on the run for 15 months and it was thought that she was in Tanzania or Somalia. British and Kenyan media are now reporting that she is a suspect in the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi.”

A copy of the Red Notice may be found here.

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“INTERPOL Chief Libya mission to advance recovery of stolen assets during Gaddafi regime”

March 19, 2013

INTERPOL on March 18, 2013 released the following:

“Assistance in locating and extraditing wanted Libyan fugitives also high on agenda

TRIPOLI, Libya – Identifying how INTERPOL can provide additional assistance in the recovery of assets stolen during the Gaddafi regime and help enhance national and regional security were key issues during a meeting between INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

With Secretary General Noble also meeting Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail and Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz, high on the agenda of Mr Noble’s two-day mission (16 and 17 March) was INTERPOL’s active role in helping Libya identify, locate and extradite fugitives through the publication of Red Notices, or international wanted persons alerts.

“As Libya continues to rebuild its infrastructure following the 2011 overthrowing of Gaddafi, INTERPOL member countries can help Libya track down not only fugitives, but the millions if not billions in assets stolen by Colonel Gaddafi, his family and associates,” stated Secretary General Noble.

Libya’s Prime Minister Zeidan, Foreign Minister Abdelaziz, and Interior Minister Shuwail were united in their support of INTERPOL’s providing technical assistance and creating a joint public private task force that would collaborate with Libya to help track down and repatriate the assets looted from the country during the Gaddafi regime.

“These stolen assets need to be recovered so that ‘they can be made available to and for the benefit of the people of Libya’ as required by several UN Security Council resolutions. If INTERPOL is successful, then it will help Libya in its efforts to build a peaceful, secure, independent and free Libya,” concluded Mr Noble.

With security the highest priority in the country, the INTERPOL Chief’s visit comes just days after the inauguration of INTERPOL’s real-time passport screening system at Tripoli International Airport as part of international efforts to improve Libyan border security.

Under INTERPOL’s EUR 2.2 million Project RELINC (Rebuilding Libya’s Investigative Capability) funded by the EU, Libyan border control authorities can now directly access INTERPOL’s global database to detect stolen and lost passports, enabling the instant identification of persons seeking to conceal their true identity, including internationally wanted persons, suspected terrorists and transnational criminals.

The INTERPOL Chief’s visit also allowed him to emphasize INTERPOL’s ongoing efforts to help bring about the arrest of a number of fugitives subject to Red Notices issued at Libya’s request, including Colonel Gaddafi’s former director of military intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi, who was extradited to Tripoli from Mauritania in September last year as the most recent example of their success.

“INTERPOL’s Red Notices are proven effective tools in assisting member countries locate fugitives, no matter where they attempt to hide, and no matter how long ago the offence was committed,” said Secretary General Noble, pointing to the Red Notice issued for Faraj Al-Chalabi at Libya’s request in connection with the murder of two German nationals in 1994. One of Al-Chalabi’s co-accused was Osama bin Laden, who was also the subject of a Red Notice issued at Libya’s request.”

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Terror suspect set for extradition to Germany

June 14, 2012

standardmedia.co.ke on June 13, 2012 released the following:

“By Cyrus Ombati

A man suspected to have been behind the bombing of a building in Nairobi last month that claimed one life and injured more than 30 people will stand trial in Germany.

Top police officers in Nairobi said even though Emrah Erdogan alias Imraan Al Kurdy alias Salahaddin Al Kurdy was wanted in the country over terrorist attacks, they had no objection to his deportation to Germany.

“Although he was a member of Al Shabaab and was in Kenya illegally, Germany had issued a warrant of arrest for him through the International Police (Interpol) earlier,” said police.

He was arrested in Tanzania to where he fled after masterminding the detonation of what was later identified to be a deadly fertiliser bomb.

The bomb ripped off the roof of Assanands building along Moi Avenue in Nairobi’s Central Business District and destroyed business premises.

Police have been hunting for the suspect who was suspected either to have been hiding in the country or fled to Uganda.

Interpol had apparently issued a red notice to the regional states last Tuesday asking authorities to arrest Erdogan and have him deported to German to face terror related charges. A red notice is issued for arrest or provisional arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition.

Burden in prosecution

“He could be deported to German anytime now. There was a red notice from the Interpol asking for his arrest and deportation to Germany,” said a senior officer who asked not to be named.

Interpol had asked for his and other terror suspects’ fingerprints and other personal details before they issued the notice, officials said.

The official added that Tanzanian authorities informed them at the weekend they had arrested Erdogan, who crossed there through the coastal region.

Other sources said Kenya did not want to try Erdogan because he would be a burden to them in prosecution and jailing. Anti-Terror Police Unit in Nairobi said they were waiting to be supplied with statements that were recorded from Erdogan.

“He has talked and recorded much on his being in the region and those he probably got in touch with but our colleagues are yet to give us the details,” said another officer.

Deputy police spokesman Charles Owino said a team of detectives had been dispatched to Tanzania to get more information regarding the arrest. “Erdogan is someone we have been looking for and we have sent our officers to Tanzania to be part of the ongoing investigation,” he said.

The suspect who is a German of Turkish origin is believed to have travelled to Waziristan in north-west Pakistan in early 2010 where he joined a militant Islamist group before going to Somalia last year, police said.”

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