U.S. officials question Islamists held in Ethiopia
By David Morgan
WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) - U.S. officials have questioned suspected Islamist militants in Ethiopia in hopes of uncovering details about al Qaeda activities in East Africa, officials said on Wednesday.
A main focus of the questioning by CIA and FBI agents has been the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and three al Qaeda suspects believed to be in the Horn of Africa.
Human rights advocates said scores of Islamists from 18 countries, including the United States, were captured in Kenya while fleeing war-torn Somalia earlier this year and had since become victims of a secret detention program that could erode international support for the U.S. war on terrorism.
U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said American officials were given access to about 150 suspects in Kenya. The Kenyan government later transferred more than 80 to Somalia, from which many were sent on to be held incommunicado in Ethiopia, the group said.
Forty-two-year-old mother of three, Kamilya Mohammedi Tuweni, left, sits with her brother Sabry Abdullah in her house in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, April 1, 2007. Kamilya said she was held incommunicado, without charges or due process for more than two and a half months in jails in Kenya, Somalia and finally Ethiopia. She was freed a month after being interviewed, fingerprinted and photographed by a U.S. agent, she said. (AP Photo/Nousha Saimi) (Nousha Salimi - AP)
The rights group identified one of the captives as U.S. citizen Amir Mohamed Meshal and said several others were British.
A CIA spokesman declined to comment in detail but said U.S. actions were lawful and stressed none of the captives had been in U.S. custody or transferred across international boundaries with U.S. assistance.
A federal law enforcement official said the FBI had been given limited access in Kenya and Ethiopia to question fewer than 100 individuals in the past several months as part of its investigation of potential threats and of past terrorist attacks.
"They are people detained by foreign governments for possible violations of their law. We have been given the opportunity to talk to these people," the law enforcement official said.
Rights advocates contend the United States has had a great deal of influence, saying Kenya appears to have followed the clandestine U.S. practice of detainee transfer known as rendition.
"We have very serious concerns that they should have the right to a court. If you don't give them that, then you're losing the war on terrorism," said Omar Jamal of the U.S.-based Somalia Justice Advocacy Center.
"It is an open secret to every Somali individual that the U.S. government is heavily involved in this."
A U.S. official familiar with the CIA and FBI interviews in Kenya and Ethiopia said American agents have had limited access to captives "with knowledge of terrorist activities," including the embassy bombings that killed 224 people.
"It's been productive. We've received useful information," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
U.S. authorities have been searching for three main al Qaeda suspects -- Abu Talha al-Sudani of Sudan, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed of Comoros and Kenyan Saleh Alie Saleh Nabhan -- who were believed to be in Somalia before U.S. and Ethiopian forces began carrying out air strikes on Islamists in Somalia earlier this year.
All three are accused of playing a role in the embassy bombings, while Nabhan is also wanted in connection with a 2002 hotel bombing on the Kenyan coast that killed 15 people.
U.S. officials believe Sudani could have been killed earlier this year in an Ethiopian air strike but evidence to confirm the death has not been found. (Additional reporting by James Vicini in Washington)
$5 million winner seeks fatter jackpot
By PHIL GAST
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/05/07
Ibrahim Aboubaker of Norcross didn't want to wake his wife and three children on a school night.
So he waited until the next day to tell them he won $5 million in the Georgia Lottery.
A supervisor for a parking management company, Aboubaker, 44, thought "I must be dreaming" after he won Georgia's $500 Million Club scratch-off game.
Aboubaker, who moved from Ethiopia 26 years ago, bought the ticket late March 26 at Silver Gallons, 775 Beaver Ruin Road. He got the big payoff after an earlier ticket that day brought a $500 win.
With millions in hand, winners go back to work(AJC)
This particular lottery game costs $20 a pop. "It's not an everyday thing," Aboubaker said Wednesday of playing the game. "Once in a while."
After taxes, Aboubaker says, he will earn about $170,000 a year for 20 years.
He hopes to use part of the money to visit his parents in Ethiopia and start a business, possibly in real estate or a service station. And, yes, he plans to keep working.
Aboubaker said he will continue to play the lottery and vie for an even bigger prize. "I will be back with a big win."
Georgia Lottery profits pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia's HOPE scholarship program and Georgia's pre-kindergarten program
American General Supplies Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., Is Named Ex-Im Bank's Small Business Exporter of Year for Sub-Saharan Africa
WASHINGTON, April 4 /PRNewswire/ American General Supplies Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., is to receive the 2007 Small Business Exporter of the Year for sub-Saharan Africa award from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) at Ex-Im Bank's annual conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 12.
Photo: Credit American General Supplies Inc Gaithersburg MD Headquarter
An exporter of aircraft parts to airlines in sub-Saharan Africa and
other parts of the world, American General Supplies began working with
Ex-Im Bank in 1992 and, by using Ex-Im Bank's working capital guarantee
(WCG) program, has increased its workforce from 25 to 65, and sales from
$11 million to $20 million.
"In 2007 we expect sales to top $30 million because we've won a major
contract with Angola Airlines," said American General Supplies Chairman and President Kassa Maru. "We absolutely could not have grown to where we are today without the assistance of Ex-Im Bank's working capital guarantee.
Before using it we only were able to handle much smaller projects, but
today, because of this assistance, we're about to handle a transaction of
millions of dollars."
"A top Ex-Im Bank priority is to strengthen support for U.S. exports to
sub-Saharan Africa, both to facilitate economic development in the region
and to create and sustain U.S. jobs," said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and
President James H. Lambright. "American General Supplies is an excellent
example of what can be accomplished by an innovative small business under
our Working Capital Guarantee program. It is a most worthy recipient of
Maru started his company in 1982 as a supplier of commercial aircraft
spare parts to a few flag carriers of national airlines in East Africa.
Today, it has diversified, established subsidiaries in New York, N.Y., and
Burbank, Calif., and provides services globally. Half of its business is
with Africa, with a special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, 25% is with the United States, and 25% is with Europe, the Far East and the Middle East.
"In addition to supplying spare parts for all types of commercial
aircraft, we specialize in Boeing and Airbus series," Maru said. "We also
provide services in the areas of component overhaul, aircraft and engine
maintenance coordination and management, and plan to set up our own
Originally from Ethiopia, Maru and his family came to the United States
in 1977, established his company in 1982, and settled in Maryland in 1985.
He and his family now are U.S. citizens.
Ex-Im Bank's 32nd annual conference on April 12 and 13 will be held at
the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The award ceremony will take
place during the April 12 luncheon program which begins at 12:30 p.m.
Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. government agency that assists in
financing the export of U.S. goods and services to markets around the
world, through export credit insurance, loan guarantees, and direct loans.
In fiscal year 2006, Ex-Im Bank authorized over $12.1 billion in
transactions supporting an estimated $16.1 billion in U.S. exports.
For more information about Ex-Im Bank's Annual Conference, including
online registration, accommodations, and program details, visit http://www.exim.gov/
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