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al-Qaida Suspect Hid in Open in Japan

To his Japanese neighbors, Lionel Dumont was a mystery. When police and immigration officials asked about the Frenchman, Dumont’s landlord had no idea who he was, even though the landlord lived right across the street and had only 36 tenants in his apartment building. “They showed me a black-and-white picture and asked if I remembered him,” Jubei Sato said. “I couldn’t place him at all. I don’t think I saw him once the whole three months he lived here. He blended right in, never caused any trouble. But I found out after he left that he’d only paid half his rent.” Last week, Sato — and the rest of Japan — found out why authorities were interested in the 33-year-old starting a few months ago. Dumont, according to police, may be the first al-Qaida operative to have infiltrated Japan since the Sept. 11 attacks. And he did it with amazing impunity, entering on a faked passport and repeatedly leaving and re-entering the country before slipping out again for good a year later. Full Story

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