Was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Captured?
March 16, 2007
Ahmed Abdul Qadus, the man arrested in a raid which supposedly led to the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was held in solitary confinement for 25 days and then released from jail in Pakistan.
Note: The complete article is no longer found. This is the text of the article that I was able to find in the Web archives:
Qudoos released from jail
By Our Reporter
RAWALPINDI, March 26: The Adiala Jail authorities on Wednesday released Aqeel Ahmed Abdul Qudoos, the alleged harbourer of Al Qaeda activist, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad.
"He (Qudoos) was released at 6:30pm. But he would not come to his Westridge residence as he had moved to some undisclosed place," Qudoos' sister, Qudsia, told Dawn. However, she refused to reveal names of the persons who had given surety in the court. "They have helped our family in the name of God and we will not disclose their names in order to save them from any complication," she said.
Responding to a query Ms Qudsia confirmed that there were no other charges against Qudoos except those which had been levelled by Westridge police.
The additional district and sessions judge, Syed Pervez Ali Shah, had accepted the bail plea of the accused on Tuesday.
The court had also set aside the decision of a judicial magistrate, Mohammad Iqbal Guraya, who had rejected the bail plea of the accused on March 19.
Photo: Ahmed Abdul Qadus, the man at whose home Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was said to have been arrested, was reportedly reunited with his family after 25 days in solitary confinement on March 26, 2003.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the alleged al-Qaeda financier Mustafa al-Hisawai were reportedly arrested at the home of Qadus in Rawalpindi on March 1, 2003, in a joint operation between the FBI and Pakistani authorities.
The family of Qadus, who is described as "feeble minded," insisted he is innocent and claim the al-Qaeda men were never at the house.
An AP story reported on the family's claims the following:
On Sunday, Qadus' family vehemently denied he was involved in terrorism and insisted he was alone at home with his wife and children when authorities burst in around 3 a.m. Saturday.
They said about 25 heavily armed agents, some in civilian clothes and some in blue uniforms, stormed into the house, rifling through drawers and pointing their guns at the children. They quickly took Qadus away and kept his wife and children under guard in a small bedroom as they searched the house, Qadus' sister, Qudsia Khanum, said.
Agents, all of whom appeared to be Pakistani, took a computer hard-drive, documents and U.S. dollars from the house, the family and security officials said. Khanum said the computer had no Internet hookup and that her brother didn't even know how to use it.
"He is slow, and he is so innocent and friendly, it is inconceivable that he could be involved in intrigue. People run rings around him because it would never occur to him that they might lie or take advantage of him," she said from the family's living room in an upscale neighborhood of the city.
Qadus' father, Abdul Qadus, is a prominent microbiologist who worked in Africa for the World Health Organization for many years before retiring, Khanum said. The 42-year-old Qadus, however, could not hold down a job and had lived at home with his parents his entire life, she said.
Qadus' mother, Mahlaqa, is a local leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the main hardline religious parties in Pakistan. The family speculated the arrest was a political ploy to discredit her and the party, which is part of an ultraconservative coalition that came in third in last year's parliamentary elections, largely on the strength of a virulently anti-American platform.
Ameer-ul Azeem, spokesman for Jamaat-e-Islami, said Qadus had not done anything wrong.
"Arabs, Afghans, Sudanese, it is not a sin to host them as guests, unless their crime is proven," he said when asked whether Qadus or his family had links with al-Qaida.
Interior Ministry spokesman Iftikhar Ahmed brushed off the family's claims, saying Qadus, Mohammed and the third man were all arrested at the family's home.
The bearded Qadus, who has a similar appearance to the person who is said to be Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was released from jail after three weeks and still had his beard.
There are very few photographs of the person said to be Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and they are not dated, although they are said to be taken shortly after his arrest.
Where did the photos of the man said to be Khalid Sheikh Mohammed come from and why are there so few photos of him available? If he was captured on March 1, 2003, then he has been in U.S. custody more than for 4 years!
If this man was truly the commander of Al Qaida military forces and masterminded the attacks of 9-11 - why has so little attention been paid to him?
Why is he not being tried in federal courts for the murder of 3,000 Americans on 9-11? Why is he being kept totally incommunicado in Cuba?
If he is the mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks, he belongs in a U.S. courtroom to explain what he did and how he did it. Why is he still in Cuba? What's going on here?