Al-Qaida Terrorist Detained Over 3 Years

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israeli authorities have been holding a terrorist with links to al-Qaida and Global Jihad for over three years, according to media reports on Sunday.

Samar Abad Altif al-Barak, 39, from Kalkaliya, was arrested in 2010 and was not released due to fear that his residence in the area would lead to the build-up of a terror infrastructure in the region.

Previously he was arrested and questioned by American authorities at Guantanamo prison, and he was later imprisoned by the Jordanian authorities from 2003-2008.

Israel’s security agencies do not want to let al-Barak loose, fearing that it would be “the point of no return for establishing a significant Jihad infrastructure in the region.”

Commenting on the reports, a spokesman for the Justice Ministry 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 government is seeking an extension of six months to his detention, which is said to expire in the coming days.

The Justice Ministry identify al-Barak as a member of al-Qaida, with broad experience in non-conventional weapons, especially biological weapons.