U.S. names Ireland’s top Al-Qaeda suspect before Obama visit


A top al-Qaeda suspect remains at large in Dublin City, despite being accused by the U.S. of "having directed a European al-Qa'ida cell".

Ibrahim Buwisir (50) is wanted by the U.S. and has been named on a UN Security Council terror list. With President Obama’s visit to Ireland coming up authorities are said to be keeping very close tabs on him.

The Libyan terror suspect has lived in Ireland since the 1980s, has attained Irish citizenship and has denied involvement in terrorism.

Responding to the death of Osama Bin Laden, he told the Evening Herald newspaper, his reaction was “not important”, before he threatened the reporter with a baseball bat.

Buwisir had been living in the Ballinteer area of Dublin city with his wife and children.

When he was questioned by Herald reporters the Libyan man responded in a threatening manner The Dublin resident is being sought by U.S., and Interpol.

An arrest warrant was issued in Libya over alleged contact with terrorist groups. However there is no formal extradition treaty between Ireland and Libya, therefore Irish police cannot execute the warrant.

In the past the 50-year-old was accused by the U.S. of terrorist offenses.

A 2004 treasury department statement identified Buwisir as "having directed a European al-Qa'ida cell".

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