– OMAR SAIKI
* Omar Saiki was born in Algeria in 1969 and later arrived to France.
Omar Saiki was described by the French intelligence as the representative of Hassan el-Khattab in Paris and a recruiter. In 1997 he began to attend the Omar Mosque in Paris and was associated with Brahim Yadel and Karim Bourti (see – French Teror 12.07 ).
Omar Saiki was in a group of more then 20 defendants from Algerian descent, arrested, on 05/26/1998, in the weeks leading up to the summer 1998 Football World Cup finals in France.
On 12/13/2000 Omar Saiki was sentenced in Paris to four years in prison after he was found guilty of heading a terrorist network. Omar Saiki was the only one, from the 20 defendants, to be convicted of terrorist activities. Omar Saiki was also stripped of his French nationality in 05/2002. Seven others were found guilty of association with a terrorist group while the rest were acquitted.
After his release, in 08/2002, Omar Saiki moved to UK and asked there for political asylum claiming that he might face torture if extradited back to Algeria.
While in London, UK, Omar Saiki went to listen to Abu Qatada’s preaching although his friends said Omar Saiki “went to bars and frequented prostitutes more often than he attended the mosque or went to listen to Abu Qatada’s sermons…”
In 2003 Omar Saiki was suspected by the British authorities of being a member of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat – GSPC but no action was taken against him.
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