- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 20, 2002

The United States has requested judicial authorities in Canada to deport a Libyan citizen who federal investigators believe has ties to fugitive terrorist Osama bin Laden and helped fund the September 11 attacks on the United States.
According to U.S. authorities, Canadian Judge Anne McLaine in the federal court in Ottawa has 30 days to make a decision on the deportation request for the Libyan national, identified only as "Husayn."
Husayn was detained in November at the request of U.S. officials but released on bail after Canadian authorities determined there was a lack of sufficient evidence showing his involvement in terrorist activities. The new deportation request was made on Jan. 15.
Earlier, U.S. authorities had included the name of Husayn and his brother Muhammad Ali on a list that identified organizations and individuals U.S. investigators believe were involveed in funding bin Laden's terrorist activities in the United States.
The Canadian court is expected to announce its decision regarding the extradition of Husayn to the United States on Feb. 11. His lawyer has said judicial authorities in Canada will agree in the end to the extradition of his client to the United States to investigate the accusations against him.
Normally, a deportation request and extradition hearings in Canada could take months. But after the suicide attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon that killed more than 3,000 people, the process of looking into terrorist cases linked with bin Laden activities has accelerated.
Husayn's defense attorneys have told Canadian media that their client was sending money to help his poor relatives in Somalia, where he was born, and that he did not have any connection with bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network. They said their client lost his job following the recent terrorist attacks in the United States and that his bank accounts were frozen in compliance with the U.S. terrorism list.
U.S. interest in Husayn has focused on his involvement, along with that of his brother, in the activities of a Boston-based money-exchange bureau, which carried out business under the name "Al-Barakat for North America."


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