An al-Qaida terrorist with roots in global jihad has been held for the past
three years under administrative detention, it emerged on Sunday.
terrorist, named as Samer Abed a-Latif al-Barak and of Palestinian origin, has
been held in Israel since 2010. The defense establishment is requesting a
six month extension of his detention, which will expire in the coming
Barak was apparently jailed previously in Jordan and in the United
A Justice Ministry spokesman issued what it called an initial
statement, confirming that it had submitted a response on Sunday to the High
Court regarding a petition over an administrative detention case. The details
from the ministry identify Barak as a member of al-Qaida, with a great deal of
experience in non-conventional weapons, in particular biological
The release of the prisoner, the state says, would be a point of
no return for the establishment of a significant global jihad infrastructure in
The response identifies the prisoner as a resident of the
region, who was born in 1974. It says that the man left the region in 1997 to
study microbiology in Pakistan.
He then purportedly went to Afghanistan
in 1998 for military training, and even apparently persuaded others from the
region to do the same. This was, the state says, with the intention of returning
to the region to train others.
The state’s response claims that the man
was recruited by al-Qaida in 2001, by the organization’s current leader, Dr.
Ayman al- Zawahiri.
Furthermore, the state says, the man was involved in
planning terrorist attacks against Israelis and Jews in Jordan throughout 2001.
He agreed to train Palestinian terrorists in the production of poisons, in order
to carry out attacks against Israelis.
The response says the Americans
arrested the man for his activities for al-Qaida, questioned and detained him,
and in 2003 handed him over to the Jordanian authorities, who held him until
2008. Israel arrested him in 2010.
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