Former MP from Iraq arrested at KLIA
[ Mohammed al-Daini has been an outspoken advocate for the use of Mojahedin Khalq terrorists in Iraq (Iran-Interlink) ]
KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department has confirmed that a wanted Iraqi former MP was detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here last Saturday evening.
Director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman said Mohammed al-Daini was arrested for using a fake passport.
“The immigration officer at the departure checkpoint stopped him after checks revealed that the passport he had belonged to someone else,” Abdul Rahman said when contacted yesterday.
However, it is learnt he entered Malaysia on Oct 8 with a British passport.
Mohammed is now under detention at the Immigration depot in Subang, awaiting deportation.
AN AFP report said Mohammed had gone into hiding for eight months after being accused of ordering a 2007 bomb attack in the Iraqi parliament’s canteen.
Mohammed had fled to Syria, before he left for Egypt and then Malaysia, according to Modhi Awad, brother of Mohammed Awad, an MP killed in the April 2007 bombing.
The bomb attack killed eight people, including Awad.
On February 25, Iraqi authorities prevented Mohammed from flying to Jordan but he was not arrested as he still had parliamentary immunity. Later that same day, parliament voted to lift his immunity, by which time the MP had fled.
Just days earlier, reporters were shown confessions, which was aired on television, by a nephew and a security guard of the accused MP who said they had carried out several attacks for Mohammed including the parliament bombing.
New Straits times, Kualalampur, October 16, 2009
By Alang Bendahara