Haroon Rashid Aswat

Alias/es: None

Status: Detained

Organisation/s: Al-Qaeda (suspected)

Nationality/ies: British

Travel History: United States, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia

Skills/Education/Occupation: Unknown

Haroon Rashid Aswat was arrested in July 2005 after escaping South African surveillance by travelling through Zimbabwe before being stopped and detained by Zambian authorities near the border. Aswat was wanted by British and United States (US) intelligence for a number of alleged links and activities related to Al-Qaeda’s operations in the US, the United Kingdom (UK) and Pakistan. These include his alleged links to the suicide bombers of the attack in London on the 7th of July 2005, where his cellphone records allegedly revealed phone calls to all 4 bombers during his residence in South Africa.

Aswat was also a close associate of the London-based radical Egyptian cleric, Abu Hamza al-Masri and alleged to have worked with an Al-Qaeda recruiter and financier Mohammed al-Ghabra. Aswat was also charged with his involvement in a plan to establish a training camp in  Bly, Oregon in 1999 with al-Masri and James Ujaama. In October 2015, Aswat was eventually extradited to the US despite suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, where he faces a 12 year maximum sentence.

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