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Al Dossary 'still being grilled at Guantanamo'

ONE of the three remaining Bahrainis at Guantanamo Bay is still being investigated in connection with recruiting and raising funds for Al Qaeda, according to a report in The Buffalo News, New York, yesterday.

The newspaper quotes a senior FBI agent as saying that Juma Al Dossary is the subject of a continuing investigation into who recruited and provided funding for a group of young Lackawanna men, who allegedly attended an Al Qaeda terrorist training camp in Afghanistan in May 2001.

It said six of the men were arrested in September 2002 and all wound up taking "felony plea deals" in federal court.

"Al Dossary is definitely somebody who we are interested in here," special agent in charge of the FBI's Buffalo office, Peter Ahearn, is quoted as saying.

"Our issues with him have to do with Lackawanna and the recruiting efforts.

"We're still looking at the recruiters and where the money came from."

The report also said the FBI was seeking further information about Al Dossary's reported suicide attempts - the latest of which occurred on October 15 during a visit by his attorney Joshua Colangelo-Bryan.

"We're aware of this suicide attempt and we're trying to get more information on what happened," Mr Ahearn told The Buffalo News.

"As far as what impact that may have on our investigations up here, I'd have no comment."

The report said federal agents and attorneys for at least two of the Lackawanna Six had identified Mr Al Dossary as one of the men who recruited Muslims from Lackawanna to travel to the camp.

However, Al Dossary has denied any involvement with Al Qaeda and is still being held at Guantanamo Bay along with fellow Bahrainis Essa Al Murbati and Salah Abdul Rasool Al Blooshi.



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