Al-Qaeda World Cup arrest follows South African professor's warning (2)

08:40, May 18, 2010      

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South African has been deeply infiltrated by organized crime syndicates, and the South African department of home affairs has been very heavily infiltrated.

The Citizen reported that in early 2008 a series of raids by UK police saw dozens of men being arrested as part of an organized human trafficking scheme. The suspects were jailed after UK courts found that they had obtained false South African passports for Indian and Pakistani citizen who wanted to enter the UK illegally.

After the July 7, 2005 London bus bombings dozens of South African passports were found by police investigating the attacks, Solomon told The Citizen.

Said Solomon: "Years before the 2008 arrests it was known there was a problem with Home Affairs. Haroon Aswat, the mastermind of the July 7 London bus bombings, and a former bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden's, lived in South Africa for years, and traveled to the UK two weeks before those bombings."

He told The Citizen: "It is fair to presume he may have been the source of the fake South African passports. It is also fair to presume he planned the attacks from Gauteng (province in South Africa)."

Solomon said Aswat was by far the most senior al-Qaeda operative linked to the London bombings.

He continued: "Let's not forget that false South African passports do not only turn up in the hands of serious international criminals. They are so easy to obtain that even (U.S. actor) Wesley Snipes apparently bought himself a South African passport off a crooked Home Affairs official."

Solomon said that the widespread use of South African passports had led many experts to believe that al-Qaeda would not risk losing such a resource - however he believed that this was not the case: "That argument presumes that al-Qaeda is a homogenous entity with a central command - which it is not. Al-Qaeda has already made its intentions clear."

Solomon said that a few weeks ago a Jamaican born cleric was deported from Botswana after that country caught him red-handed attempting to recruit suicide bombers to target the World Cup.

Solomon continued: "Al-Qaeda have had seven years to plan an operation and plant their people here (in South Africa). For seven years they have had time to prepare their plans and obtain the weapons, passports and identity documents they need".

He added that weapons and chemicals are in plentiful supply in South Africa.

"They will have billions of people watching televisions and they will have no limit of targets. The only way to take on al-Qaeda is an operation that needs to be driven by intelligence, and our intelligence services have been gutted."

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