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Top Bin Laden Aide Was Freed By Pakistan

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard freed by Pakistan

Pakistan has freed a senior al-Qaeda commander, who served as a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden, according to a senior security source, raising fresh questions about the country’s commitment to tackling terrorism.

By Rob Crilly, Islamabad, Ashfaq Yusufzai in Peshawar and Dean Nelson in New Delhi
28 Sep 2011

Amin al-Haq, who escaped from Afghanistan with the al-Qaeda leader in 2001 and went on to become a key financial aide, was detained in Lahore three years ago by Pakistan’s intelligence agency.

A senior security source in the north-western Pakistani town of Peshawar, where he had been held, said the Inter-Services Intelligence agency had passed al-Haq on to the police before he was released earlier this month.

"Amin al-Haq had been arrested mistakenly, therefore, the police failed to prove any charge of his association with Osama bin Laden and the court set him free," he told The Daily Telegraph.

This is so preposterous it almost sounds like what would happen in our courts. Does Pakistan have an ACLU?

Pakistan has a poor track record of convicting terrorists, blamed in part on an ill-equipped police force and an overstretched judicial service.

However, critics accuse elements of the security services of turning a blind eye to extremist groups

We just need to give them more money.

As the security coordinator of the Black Guard, the elite unit charged with protecting bin Laden, he would once have been in close contact with the al-Qaeda leader, according to The Long War Journal which has profiled the Afghan-born doctor.

Al-Haq, who is thought to be 51, has a long history with armed groups.

He fought Soviet forces during the 1980s and was part of the Afghan delegation which travelled to Sudan in the 1996 to bring bin Laden to Afghanistan. The US froze al-Haq’s assets after the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

In the weeks that followed, he fought at the Tora Bora cave complex, where the senior al-Qaeda leadership was holed up and helped them escape into Pakistan.

In 2007, The Daily Telegraph picked up his trail close to Tora Bora, where international forces were once again battling al-Qaeda. Local tribal leaders said he was injured in a bombing raid and smuggled back across the border to Pakistan, where he was arrested little more than four months later.

Well, except for all of that, there is no evidence that Mr. Al-Haq was associated with Bin Laden or involved in any kind of militancy.

But the Pakistanis aren’t in bed with Al Qaeda. How could anybody think that?

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