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Two-year wait to talk to al-Qaeda suspect

Australian authorities are still waiting for permission to interrogate a Spanish al-Qaeda suspect with reported links to two prominent Australian Islamic leaders – nearly two years after he was first detained. The Prime Minister, John Howard, confirmed yesterday that Australian Federal Police were “still waiting to hear” if they could gain access to Abu Dahdah, accused of having strong links with one of the brains behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. It is not known, however, when that request was initiated. Intelligence sources confirmed yesterday that ASIO received its first information in late 2000 that Bilal Kazal, a leader of the Lakemba-based Islamic Youth Movement, and Sheik Mohammed Omran, a Melbourne Islamic preacher, had been in frequent telephone contact with Abu Dahdah, who has been in custody in Spain since November 2001. Full Story

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