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German Arrested in France Is a 'Top Al Qaeda Boss'

A German man arrested in France last week on suspicion of links to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States is a top leader of the al Qaeda network, France’s interior minister said Wednesday. Police arrested Christian Ganczarski, 36, at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on June 2. Saturday he was placed under official investigation — one step short of pressing charges in France — for allegedly being an accomplice to murder and belonging to a criminal gang with links to terrorist activities. “(Intelligence) services know that he is a top leader of al Qaeda, in contact with Osama bin Laden himself, and has been in Afghanistan and Bosnia,” Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy told parliament. “This individual is a specialist in computers and in radio communication services,” Sarkozy added. When Ganczarski’s arrest was first announced, French police said he was suspected of links to the synagogue bombing in Djerba, Tunisia, in April 2002 and the September 11 attacks, but it was not clear what role he may have played in either. Full Story

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