Blogger noted Bulgarian bus bomber Mehdi Ghezali in 2009
As we're now learning from the media, the terrorist who bombed a bus full of Israelis in Bulgaria yesterday was no stranger to those who purport to safegaurd the world from terror.
Bulgarian media on Thursday named the suicide bomber who blew up a bus full of Israeli tourists, killing five Israelis and a local bus driver, in the Black Sea resort of Burgas on Wednesday as Mehdi Ghezali.
There was no independent confirmation of the veracity of the information. The reports surfaced soon after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had publicly accused Hezbollah, directed by Iran, of responsibility for the bombing. The Prime Minister’s Office made no comment on the reports.
The image at the top of my blog post didn't come from the media today. It came from a September 19, 2009 blog post at Immigrationspolitiks on Blogger, which appears to be a Swedish blog. Now, he's dead, but not before blowing up a bus and taking several lives?? You have got to be kidding me!
The Swedish government was forced to promise the U.S. to monitor Mehdi Ghezali. Sweden also agreed to stop him from continuing "terrorist activities".
The United States considered Ghezali as a threat, Pierre-Richard Prosper, a former official with the US Department of State, told the Expressen.
"There is a group of prisoners who will not be released unless we got those promises. The person we are talking about belongs to this group."
The former Guantanamo Bay terrorist, Mehdi Ghezali, was arrested on August 28 along with two other Swedish Muslims, Munir Awad, and Safia Benaouda, in Pakistan and have been since imprisoned by the Pakistani intelligence service ISI.
Swedish-Finnish-Algerian Muslim terrorist, Ghezali, is suspected of terrorist activity and illegal entry to Pakistan.
Pierre-Richard Prosper negotiated personally with the Swedish Foreign Ministry on the conditions for releasing the Swede from Guantanamo Bay five years ago. Now that Ghezali has been arrested again for terrorist activity, the former US Department of State official divulges the US' demands for his release to Sweden:
"We requested the Swedish government to take the action it deemed appropriate to try to ensure that Ghezali will not resume the activities he have previously engaged in, " said Pierre-Richard Prosper to Expressen
"A dangerous person"
He is very clear on one point. Ghezali was caught by the U.S. authorities because he is a dangerous person.
"There was a group of prisoners who were not released unless we got those promises. And the person we are talking about belonged to the group. I personally handled the negotiations. They would not be released unless we were promised that they would, among other things, be monitored," Pierre Richard Prosper told the Expressen newspaper.
The requirement was considered extra heavy when it came to this group of Guantanamo detainees.
"It was our policy to rely on the host country's government to take the necessary steps to prevent these people from continuing terrorist activities, " he told Expressen.
Were these agreements in writing and formal?
"There were formal agreements. We exchanged, for example, diplomatic notes in which we asked the governments to take appropriate measures, and the governments gave us the promise that these measured would be taken."
"Only after we were satisfied, were the Muslim terrorists transferred to home countries." Prosper did not reveal what governments he were talking about, and was Sweden one of those countries.
"In general, governments would give us an idea of what steps they would take, " Prosper explained.
Does not want to comment
Laila Freivalds, who was then Minister of Justice in the KU – the Constitutional Committee – denied that the U.S. was given the promises Mr. Prosper claims for the release of Ghezali from the Guantanamo Bay prison.
The Foreign Ministry's press officer, Cecilia Juhlin, said last night that the Foreign Ministry will not comment on the contents of the correspondence about Ghezali case between the U.S. and Sweden that is stored in the Foreign Ministry