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Raid in Bosnia-Herzegovina Steps Up Pressure on Jihadists

From Darko Trifunovic, GIS Station Sarajevo. Bosnian anti-terrorist units raided two locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) during May 23-24, 2006, in a search for counterfeit specialists allegedly connected to radical Islamist underground. Two out of three detainees, all of Arab origin, were released after questioning, but the third, a Tunisian who used the name Abu Malik, was kept in custody.

The search followed the "sure tip" from intelligence services about another Tunisian, Munir Silini, and his alleged ties with a terrorist network. Silini, who had been living in BiH for some time with his wife, Mersija Topic, and four children, had already been targeted by US and Italian specialists in 2003. Western troops seized several computers and Islamic brochures at that time, but no legal action followed. This time, police said they gathered substantial evidence, including video and audio recordings, letters, notebooks, airline tickets and photographs for fake documents. All this, police said, might reveal a part of complicated underground network in Bosnia, which serves as a transfer point between Middle East and Europe for several radical groups.

In parallel with the hunt for terrorists, the BiH Government launched a review of all citizenships given to foreigners during and after the civil war of the 1990s. The papers of some 3,000 Afro-Asians were now in jeopardy, and a leader of the former mujahedin fighters, Abu Hamza, was already threatened to "raise hell" if his combat comrades lost their Bosnian documents. At least nine of them were included on an Egyptian blacklist of terrorists. The whole review was the product of intense US pressure, and, significantly, reflected a new but discreet approach to the issue of terrorist links in BiH which had been impossible while former EU-appointed High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Paddy Ashdown had been in office.

Ashdown was replaced as High Representative in late 2005.

  1. Blogger Richard | 11:08 PM |  

    Truth about DARKO TRIFUNOVIC - Serbian Self-Proclaimed "Terrorism Expert", Identity Thief, and Srebrenica Genocide Denier

    On March 12 2002, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia & Herzegovina (comprised of Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats) fired Darko Trifunovic from B&H diplomatic services due to his involvement in document forgery.

    Only after expulsion from the diplomatic service of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Darko Trifunovic became self proclaimed "expert on terrorism" writing mostly against Bosnia and Herzegovina and labeling anybody who criticized him as "Al Qaeda terrorist."

    As an experienced document forgerer and identity thief, he offered his services to defense teams of various indicted Serb war criminals at the International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY).

    In 2001, he stated for B92 he even had evidence that indicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic (who on numerous occasions threatened the total destruction of Bosniak Muslim population of Bosnia-Herzegovina) obeyed Geneva Convention. It would not be surprising to learn that Darko Trifunovic forged and submitted those kinds of documents for defense teams of many indicted Serb war criminals.

    Here is an archived press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, quote:

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted the decision on suspension of Darko Trifunović, who has worked at the MFA BiH since 2 April 2001, performing diplomatic function - the First Secretary at BiH Mission to UN. In accordance with the rules of service, Trifunović will be deprived from BiH diplomatic passport and he will be unable to obtain a travel document for his return to BiH, since it is about the man who falsified BiH

    citizenship.

    Following the conclusion of BiH Council of Ministers to review citizenship of all employees in state service bodies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of BiH asked from the Ministry of Civil

    Affairs and Communications of BiH to review the way in which Trifunović gained BiH citizenship in 1996.

    By the review, it was established that Trifunović cancelled his registration on 27 March 1996 from the register of residence in Belgrade, where he was born, and on the same date he registered in Brčko. According to the fictive residence, he obtained ID card of BiH on the same date.

    Since the procedure of the issuance of ID card was illegal, Police Service in Brčko District cancelled residence and BiH ID card, Decision dated 25 February 2002.

    On the basis of these facts, Ministry of Civil Affairs and Communications of BiH, in accordance with legal procedure deprived Trifunović from BiH citizenship. Results of several months' investigation as well as documentation that prove the conclusions will be submitted to the competent prosecutor's office that will adopt decision on possible criminal charge and judicial prosecution against Darko Trifunović.

    After a multi-ethnic and multi-religious group of Muslim, Christian and Jewish journalists from Bosnjaci.net Magazine criticized Darko Trifunovic for Srebrenica Genocide denial, he sent them threatening messages and labeled them as terrorists. For Srebrenica genocide victims, he stated: "I wish Mladic killed them all." Soon after, Bosnjaci.net was brought down due to hack attack (known as Denial of Service attack) from sympathizers of Darko Trifunovic's extremist ideology. Darko Trifunovic blamed Muslim, Christian and Jewish reporters for fabricating E-mail against him, however, as influential Srebrenica Genocide Blog reported, quote:

    Contrary to Darko Trifunovic's claims published at "Serbian Unity Congress" website in which he alleges that information against him was "fabricated," the fact of the matter is that he was the author of an E-mail in which he stated: "I wish Mladic killed them all." We got in touch with contributing authors Haris Djapic and Alan Jusufovic and asked them to provide "Full Header" copy of Darko Trifunovic's E-mail. Then we compared IP# of that E-mail with IP# of several other E-mails in which Darko Trifunovic threatened to the New York based magazine. The IP# was the same. Due to confidentiality reasons, we will not release IP#; however, we have forwarded this information to Bosnjaci.net and requested inclusion of this information into FBI investigation of recent threatening E-mails coming from Darko Trifunovic (his E-mail is publicly listed at the Serbian Unity Congress web site).

    The public should exercise caution in dealing with Darko Trifunovic, his extremist supporters and his published writings. Darko Trifunovic has been discredited by respected journalistic agencies in the past. According to the "Freedom of Speech in South East Europe:

    Media Independence and Self-Regulation" (ISBN 978-954-9396-05-8) published by the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media, quote:

    An exemplary manipulation article can also be found on p. 2 on March 9 entitled ‘Abuse of religion and faith’ by D. Majstorovic. It reports that Darko Trifunovic, portrayed as “leading Serb expert for international terrorism” from the Belgrade Security Faculty, in one of his recent “lectures beforemembers of the US Congress” stated that radical Islamists from all over the world, who have been assigned in all almost all European states upon order of the terrorist network Al Q’Aida, abuse religious facilities and use them for spreading their fundamentalist-like ideas.

    Reportedly, Trifunovic also “warned that Kosovo and Metohija and BiH are unfortunately brimming with persons likeTalovic (Sulejman, 19-year old from BiH who killed 5 people at Salt Lake City recently) and Bektasevic (Mirsad, sentenced to 20 years prison term for planning terrorist attacks in BiH), mostly thanks to people from the top authority, who at some point inthe past brought the most brutal terrorists of the present time to these regions. Hereby he refers to “Haris Silajdzic”, aprominent Bosniak politician.
    Although attributed to an “expert” thus fulfilling the formal requirements of the Press

    Code, these absolutely wild speculations presented as “serious” information are an insult to logic first, Bosniaks second. (Sulejman Talovic was Bosnian American, but his crime was much the same as earlier Columbine crimes, or a subsequent massacre by a Korean American – work of teen angst. Confounding him, a wannabe terrorist Bektasevic, and bringing them in context with a legaland legitimate political representative is a sign of uttermalevolence and lack of elementary ethics).

    For more, visit Darko Trifunovic Blog @ http://darko-trifunovic.blogspot.com

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