Indonesia To Be Allowed Access To Suspect At Guantanamo Bay February 3, 2007Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News.
JAKARTA (AP)–Indonesia will be allowed to interrogate an alleged Asian terror chief being held in U.S. custody in prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, senior officers were quoted as saying in the media Saturday.
U.S. officials have previously refused Indonesian investigators access to Hambali, also known as Riduan Ismaddin, because they said doing so could compromise their own investigation of his activities.
Police chief Gen. Sutanto said that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller had told him that Indonesian investigators would be allowed access to Hambali, but did not say when, Koran Tempo reported.
“We need to question him to get more information on the (al Qaida) network in Indonesia,” he was quoted as saying.
Police were not immediately available for comment Saturday.
Hambali, an Indonesian citizen, was arrested in 2003 by the CIA in Thailand.
He is alleged to be the operations chief of the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for a string of bombings in Indonesia, including a 2002 attack on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people.
Indonesia has long demanded access to Hambali, who reportedly had alleged links to two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers and was involved in a plan to recruit new pilots for another wave of suicide hijackings in the U.S.
Washington says it plans to put him on trial, but he has not been charged with any crime.
An officer from the Indonesian branch of Interpol was quoted in Koran Tempo as saying that officers had been given permission to interrogate Hambali because the U.S. had completed its probe into him.