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August 01, 2005

The Fourth Man.

Hussain Osman, the fourth of the bombing suspects, the one arrested in Rome, raises three interesting points.

1) He is reported as "fighting extradition". So do we have the Euro arrest warrant or not? It’s so difficult to remember which piece of EU nonsense has been passed and which hasn’t, which relies on the Constitution and which on some directive or other that I don’t actually know whether this "no evidence needed, get on the plane" provision is actually law or not.

2) "A legal expert familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Osman had admitted to a role in the attack but said it was only intended to be an attention-grabbing strike.

Osman told interrogators he was not carrying enough explosives even to "harm people nearby," the expert said."

Did we already know that? Have our police released information one way or the other?

3) It also appears that they were fools. No, not just for what they did, but seriously B team players:

Osman, 27, who was born in Ethiopia but who has a British passport, fled to Paris then to Rome, where he was held on Friday after being tracked by mobile telephone calls.

Mighty warriors for the Caliphate not knowing that mobile phone calls can be traced?

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It gets better. He had been given the phone to use by his brother, who owns a mobile phone shop in Rome.

If a mobile phone shop owner doesn't know that mobiles can be tracked....

Posted by: Auntymarianne | Aug 1, 2005 1:55:56 PM

If he didn't have a mobile phone in Italy he would stand out like a sore thumb!

Posted by: Rub-a-Dub | Aug 1, 2005 7:02:43 PM

Well yes that is a point. This does rather show up Eurostar security. Guess none of them watch the news?

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge | Aug 1, 2005 8:25:08 PM