Alleged bin Laden crony charged with conspiring to kill Americans

Angelo Anderson
January 18, 2018

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan on Wednesday said they were seeking the extradition of Christian Ganczarski, a German national now jailed in France, who was allegedly an associate of Osama bin Laden, to face terrorism charges in NY.

He is charged with conspiracy to kill United States nationals, providing and conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists and conspiring to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda. He allegedly provided them with expert guidance on computers, radio communications and weapon systems maintenance.

"Today we publicly announce charges against Ganczarski alleging that he participated in the planning of plots to kill Americans with high-level Al-Qaeda terrorists", Berman said.

Ganczarski was in Germany at the time of the September 11 attacks, but said afterwards that he "had been aware that something big was about to happen", according to the indictment.

The Polish-born convert to Islam was sentenced in France in 2009 to 18 years in prison, following his conviction for helping to plan an al Qaeda attack on a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia that killed 21 people in 2002.

He is accused of attending a January 2000 Bin Laden speech alongside at least one of the plotters of the 1998 East Africa US embassy bombings and one of the future hijackers in the Sept 11, 2001, attacks. But according to USA authorities, he had been aware that a "significant event" would happen.

Ganczarski returned to Afghanistan in October 2001, and that November, he and others attempted to fix al Qaeda-controlled anti-aircraft missiles so they could shoot down a USA military aircraft that was flying over the area at the time.

Ganczarski faces life in prison if extradited and tried and convicted in the United States.

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