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June 21, 2006

TERRORISM: AUTHORITIES STRIP 38 SUSPECTS OF BOSNIAN CITIZENSHIP

Filed under: Balkan, Terror, Uncategorized — limewoody @ 7:12 pm

Sarajevo, 21 June (AKI) – The Bosnian authorities have taken steps to revoke the citizenship of 38 individuals from Muslim countries who are suspected of links to terrorist organisations, security minister Berisa Colak announced. All 38 will be expelled from Bosnia-Herezgovina, Colak confirmed. The move follows a warning from Western intelligence sources that a number of known Islamist terrorists and their sympathisers, who fought on the side of local Muslims during Bosnia's 1992-1995 civil war, might have been granted citizenship illegitimately, according to local media reports.

Berisa told Sarajevo daily Dnevni avaz that a total 1,500 foreigners out of 15,000 granted citizenship in the past 14 years were being scrutinised by the special commission formed last February.
 
Thousands of mujahadeen from Muslim countries had fought in the Bosnian war, and many have remained in the country, marrying local women and/or being awarded citizenship in recognition of their contribution to the war. According to intelligence reports, some of them have been operating training camps, indoctrinating local youths with the ideas of radical Islam, and recruiting them for terrorist organisations.

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