Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Muslim foreign national terror suspect arrested and held in secure lockdown in Glasgow over possible links to aiding in Swedish bombings

Dear All

A man has been arrested in Glasgow in connection with the tragic Stockholm suicide bombing

A 30-year-old is currently being detained at Govan Police Station in Glasgow.

The press and TV crews are camped outside across the street as armed Police Officers guard the station with MP5 machine guns.

The foreign national was arrested under the Terrorism Act shortly after 6am on Tuesday in the Whiteinch area of the city.

He is to be interviewed on aiding terrorists in Sweden.

At present, it is said that there is no direct threat to Scotland.

A Strathclyde Police spokesman said:

"The operation centres on a previous incident in Sweden. It was intelligence-led and relates to allegations that this individual has been involved in aiding terrorist activities out with Scotland."

There is no information on whether the Swedish authorities are pressing for an extradition of the man.

As well as the 6 am raid two other properties in Glasgow were being searched for evidence to help the inquiry sources confirmed to the media.

In the Swedish incident, suicide bomber, Iraqi Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, 28, who studied at the University of Bedfordshire, blew himself up and injured two people in a botched attack in Stockholm.

Also Iraqi-born student Abdulwahab formerly of Luton, England killed himself and injured two other people in the Swedish capital on December 11 2010.

Detectives in both Britain and Sweden are investigating whether Abdulwahab was supported by others or acted as a lone attacker.

Officials believe he may have been assisted as they say at the time the bombing appeared to be "well-planned."

The Metropolitan Police is working with Strathclyde officers on the inquiry. If charges are brought against the man they will be dealt with in Scotland.

A Scottish Government spokesman said:

"Ministers have been aware of this investigation, and were informed of the arrest. The deployment of our police expertise, and collaboration across boundaries to combat terrorism, are vital in the interests of public safety and reassurance."

If the foreign national is involved and found guilty after sentence he should be immediately deported from Scotland as an undesirable.

We should not allow our tolerance of others to be seen as an act of weakness, Scotland needs to have control of its own borders and border control agency.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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