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Suspected al-Qaeda assassin worked for British intelligence

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, April 26, IRNA -- An al-Qaeda operative accused of bombing two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 2002 was at the same time working for British intelligence, according to secret US military files obtained by Wikileaks.

Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili, an Algerian citizen, is described as a 'facilitator, courier, kidnapper, and assassin for al-Qaeda', who was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and later sent to Guantanamo Bay internment camp.

According to the files on Guantanamo detainees, US interrogators were convinced that Hamlili was simultaneously acting as an informer for Britain's MI6 Secret Intelligence Service as well as Canadian intelligence.

The cache of documents are the latest to be published by the Guardian and follow thousands of other secret US files and cables obtained last year.

Despite being described as an al Qaeda kidnapper and assassin. Hamlili was never brought to trial but was finally released and sent back to Algeria last year.

According to the Guardian, other files reveal that one Guantanamo detainee won his freedom by incriminating at least 123 other prisoners there.

The British government announced last year that it was setting up an inquiry to investigate repeated claims of the UK's alleged complicity in the abuse and torture of detainees abroad since the 9/11 attacks in the US.

Prior to its launch, the government reached a secret deal in November to make payments to former British detainees at Guantanamo to settle civil damages claiming UK complicity in their alleged abuse.



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