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Court Released Somali With Chemicals

From an approving Associated Press:

Somali Police Commissioner Gen. Ali Hassan Loyan, right, speaks at a press conference in Mogadishu, Somalia on Thursday Dec. 31, 2009 as chemicals and a syringe are displayed.

Court freed Somali suspect with chemicals, syringe

By Mohamed Olad Hassan And Malkhadir M. Muhumed, Associated Press Writers

December 31, 2009

MOGADISHU, Somalia – In a setback for U.S. investigators probing links to the attempted attack on a Detroit-bound airliner, a Somali official said Thursday that another suspect who tried to board a plane with chemicals already had been freed.

His release earlier this month will hamper efforts to learn if the incident in Mogadishu was linked to the attempted attack against the U.S.-bound plane on Christmas Day…

Somali Police Commissioner Gen. Ali Hassan Loyan said a Somali court released the suspect Dec. 12 after ruling that officials hadn’t demonstrated he intended to commit a crime. The man, whose name has not been released, said the chemicals were for processing camera film.

In light of the attempted attack on the Detroit-bound plane, Loyan said Somali authorities would share information and the confiscated materials with U.S. officials.

"Somalia’s federal government affirms that it is ready to double its cooperation with the countries in the world, particularly with America, for it is clear that the incident that happened in Mogadishu and the one that happened in a region in America are similar," Loyan told a news conference in the Somali capital.

The Somali case drew little attention before the attempted attack on the U.S.-bound plane. The Homeland Security Department did not learn of the November incident at Mogadishu’s international airport until Wednesday, when U.S. officials began investigating for links between it and the Detroit case

The Somali suspect was arrested by African Union peacekeeping troops before boarding the Daallo Airlines plane bound for the northern Somali city of Hargeisa. The plane was then headed to Djibouti and Dubai. Officials on Wednesday said he was arrested Nov. 13; Loyan said he was arrested Nov. 6. The reason for the discrepancy wasn’t clear.

A Somali security official involved in the Mogadishu arrest said the suspect had a 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) package of chemical powder and a container of liquid chemicals, items that Loyan displayed on Thursday.

A government-appointed expert concluded that the materials could not have brought down the commercial airliner. Loyan said the expert did conclude though that the materials were a danger to the aircraft

Obviously Somalia has its own Janet Napolitano.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 31st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Court Released Somali With Chemicals”

  1. canary says:

    I saw a short docuementary, these Somali terrorists are so rich from piracy that they are hero’s, and their people are thankful to live among them. Money talks and money walks.

    Notice the powder is colored pretty blue; different colors being used on illegal drugs has been going on for well over a decade.

  2. zombywolf says:

    From what I’ve read about the new Somalia, the only people that can break the law are women. A 13 year old committing adultery. Women not wearing their dresses long enough. Women wearing bras. Women being Christians.

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