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‘Witness testimony a lie’

Jailed in Spain Convict Roshan Jamal Khan’s brother says sole witness was French secret service agent, reports Vignesh Iyer.

mumbai Updated: Jan 03, 2010 02:05 IST
Vignesh Iyer

The family of Roshan Jamal Khan, a Jogeshwari resident who was convicted in Spain in December 2009 for planning terror attacks on Barcelona’s underground train system, has alleged that the sole witness whose testimony resulted in Khan’s conviction, was a French spy.

The Spanish police had arrested Khan and 14 others from a mosque in Barcelona on January 19, 2008 for planning terror attacks. Khan, a businessman, was convicted with 10 Pakistani nationals based on the testimony of a protected witness named F1 in the court’s order. Khan has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in jail.

“The person who was reportedly with the Taliban for three years and later turned approver was a French secret service agent,” alleged Khan’s brother, Mehboob Khan (47), adding that the witness was tutored. “Even if he is taken approver, actual rules that had to be followed for making a co-accused an approver were overlooked.”

The special Spanish court rejected the allegation. HT has a copy of the testimony.

The testimony that sent Roshan Jamal Khan to jail

I came to Barcelona from Paris on January 16, 2008 and went to the Mosque Street Hospital to contact a group, as per instructions received from Baitullah Mehsud (Taliban chief). I first spotted Maroof Ahmed Mirza who later introduced me to Qadeer Malik, Shoaib Iqbal, and Abdul Hafeez Ahmed.

In the afternoon, I also met Aqeel Uhr Rehman Abbasi, Roshan Jamal Khan, Muhammad Ayub Elhai Bibi and two unidentified persons. Later I went to sleep.

On January 17, I went to the house of Khalid Mehmooh and Shoaib. From there we headed towards Mosque Street Hospital. There, others who I met on January 16 were also present.

In the discussions held throughout the day, I learnt that Abbasi must (sic) fly to Germany next day (January 18) and they were also planning to strike an explosion (sic) in the subway. He also came (sic) to know that Imran Cheema, Mohammed Shoaib, Khalid and two unidentified persons would go to metro as suicide [squad] to strike a blast.

In the afternoon, Iqbal told me to speak to my family, after which I spoke to my wife and told her that this was the last time I am (sic) speaking to her and as I would go for an action (sic).

Since I was not given a role to act as suicide bomber and (sic) without anybody’s knowledge I called a person in France who knew people in French Police and asked him for help after explaining him the seriousness of the situation (sic).

On January 18, Iqbal and I went to buy computers at (sic) the instructions of Mirza. Abbasi went to Germany and then moved to Holland. On (sic) that afternoon, I, Mirza, Iqbal, Muhammad Tarik, Malik, Cheema, Roshan [and] Bibi met at Mosque Street Hospital.

We decided to spend the night with sleeping bags and Iqbal and Malik had a bag containing 18 grams of nitrocellulose [and] potassium perchlorate particles extracted from the (sic) fireworks. While in [the] other bag we were carrying coil of wire, two batteries of 4.5 volts and 4 LR 20 [batteries]. We also had four timers without shells and several pieces of wires.

At 10 pm we started walking to Macanet Street Mosque to spend [the] night.

At 11.30 pm, members of Civil Guard, armed with court authorisation entered

the mosque and arrested everybody.