Alias/es: Abu Hajer al-Iraqi; Abu Ibrahim al Iraqi Hajer; Abu Jaffer
Status: Detained (1998)
Organisation/s: Al-Qaeda (in East Africa)
Travel History: Germany (1998); United States (1998)
Skills/Education/Occupation: Communications engineer
Mamdouh Mahmud Salim is a Sudanese-Iraqi who was arrested in Germany on allegations of conspiring to target Westerners on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the aftermath of the 1998 U.S embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Salim is considered one of the founding members of Al-Qaeda (along with Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri), with allegations that he facilitated the establishment of training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A 150-page indictment (United States of America vs Usama bin Laden) include further allegations of Salim’s attempts to acquire nuclear weapons, assist in the running of Osama bin Laden’s companies in Sudan and attending meetings with Iranian officials.
However, in 2001 Salim was convicted of attempted murder after he stabbed a prison guard in 2000. Salim was eventually sentenced to life without parole in 2010 after his initial sentence of 32 years was dismissed in 2008 by a Federal Appeals judge who ruled out the incident as an act of terror.