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The Sect of Revolutionaries included in the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations

25 February 2011 / 17:02:22  GRReporter
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By decision of the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs the Greek far-left group Sect of Revolutionaries was added to the list of terrorist organizations the funds of which can be seized. The decision was adopted under presidential executive order 13224 and in cooperation with the Ministries of Justice and the U.S. Treasury.

The list of specially designated nationals SDN includes individuals, organizations and companies that are controlled or act on behalf of terrorist groups.

The inclusion of the group in this list allows the flow of funds to it to be controlled. In this way all assets in which the Sect of Revolutionaries are interested and are in U.S. jurisdiction will be seized. At the same time, any economic relations of Americans with the organization are prohibited.  

Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, coordinator of the fight against terrorism at U.S. State Department said that the inclusion of the Sect of Revolutionaries in the list shows the interest of the U.S. government in terrorist acts of terrorist groups in Europe. It also shows the U.S. government support to the efforts of Greece to break, extirpate and defeat this group.

At the same time, the case with the 32-year-old Galeb Taleb who was captured by the Greek police 20 days ago after a publication in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera is turning into farce. The author of the article presented the Palestinian as terrorist with international activities, referring to data of foreign intelligence services.

According to the publication of the Italian newspaper, Galeb Taleb participated in a number of bloody attacks in the Middle East in the period 2001-2008 and organized terrorist attacks in Europe in parallel. Many foreign media characterized his arrest by the Greek police as prevented bloodshed in many European cities. But the information found in the archives of foreign services has overturned this view completely.

Galeb Taleb was captured in 2001 in the city of Tiros in southern Lebanon along with another young man for robbery in a jewelry store from which they stole gold jewelry weighing a total of eight kilograms. Palestinian authorities in the area responded rapidly to the theft. The perpetrators were found and asked to return the stolen. Taleb obeyed the order of his compatriots and returned the jewelry and some money. Although the store owner did not want to sue Taleb he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to eight years in prison.

This means that the Palestinian who was supposed to had organized armed attacks throughout the world was in a Lebanese prison for simple criminal act at that time. Taleb was released from prison in the autumn of 2008 and left to Greece almost immediately. He was discovered by Greek authorities at sea near the island of Samos on October 17, 2008. He applied for political asylum and received a red card for a temporary stay in the country. But even his arrival in Greece does not seem mysterious.

It appears that Galeb Taleb arrived in the country not on the orders of Al Qaeda as western services claimed but at the invitation of his brother, who has been in Greece since 2006 and worked in construction. The Palestinian did not change his residence often nor did he spend large sums of money. Galeb initially lived in a small lodging in the metropolitan district of Zografou together with his brother, and then he built a shack in the camp of the Kurds at the foot of the Pendeli mountain. He made his living with wages from working on construction sites.

Taleb had a Facebook account where he uploaded a picture of his 9-year-old cousin, Mohammed, who lives with his parents in Syria. This very picture was presented by foreign intelligence services as the only picture of the "terrorist" who was given the secret nickname "The boy".

According to Greek police authorities referred to by Vima newspaper, Galeb Taleb was not related to the 28-year-old Mohammed Moussa, who is believed to be an active member of the organization Fatah al-Islam and participant in an armed attack in Syria. Moussa, whose father-in-law is the founder of the terrorist group, had also arrived in Greece in 2008. Police caught him a few months ago and his extradition procedure to Syria is running now. Western services believed that Taleb and Moussa were close associates, but now it appears that they had no relationship at all.

Tags: Crime newsSect of RevolutionariesTerrorismAl QaedaState Department
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