December 10, 2004 - 12:07PM
The brother of an Australian terrorist suspect detained in
Lebanon has been arrested in Iraq by a Kurdish political
Ahmad Jamal, 22, from Sydney, has been detained by the Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in northern Iraq, the Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said today.
The department was notified of his detention by the
International Committee of the Red Cross.
"Consular officials in Baghdad have spoken to PUK officials and
continue to press for confirmation of his detention and its legal
basis," a DFAT spokesman said.
"Our efforts to date have been unsuccessful and we're following
up with (Red Cross) officials to obtain further information. We're
doing that through our consular official Amman in Jordan."
It was not known when the man was detained, the spokesman
Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper reports his father has said
Ahmad was arrested over confusion with his identification.
Ahmad Jamal is the brother of Saleh Jamal who was arrested six
months ago in Lebanon after skipping bail in Sydney on charges of
shooting up the Lakemba police station in 1998.
Lebanese officials claim Saleh Jamal has links to the most
wanted terrorist in Iraq, Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.