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HUNT FOR AL-QAEDA SUSPECT; Buisir flees his Ireland home.

Byline: BY PAT FLANAGAN

A TERROR suspect outed by the Irish Daily Mirror and wanted for allegedly being a member of al-Qaeda has fled the country.

Irish national Ibrahim Buisir has not been seen at his South Dublin home for a number of weeks and is believed to have gone into hiding abroad .

Interpol recently issued a "red notice" arrest warrant for Buisir, who the U S Government believe is a central fundraiser for al-Qaeda in Europe.

The Muslim businessman, who was given an Irish passport 17 years ago, is also wanted by Libya for alleged terror offences there.

This is the first time Interpol has issued a glob al arrest warrant against an Irish national in relation to alleged Islamic terror-related activities.

In a public statement issued by the U S Treasury Department in 2004, Buisir was identified as having "directed a European al-Qaeda cell that provided support to operations in Europe, by arranging travel and accommodations".

As long ago as 2002 we revealed Buisir is suspected of using an Islamic charity as a front for providing financial assistance to terrorist groups.

The 47-year-old was born in Libya and lives in Dublin with his wife and children but has not been seen in weeks.

Mystery surrounds his disappearance as he should have been arrested if he tried to leave the country. He was an executive member of the Islamic Foundation Of Ireland and director of the Irish branch of the Islamic Relief Agency, an international charity that works alongside UN IC E F and many other organisations.

He has denied any connection to terrorist fundraising at the time of the US Treasury statement.

The revelation that Buisir has disappeared comes as fears grow that Muslim extremists are being recruited in Ireland.

The Irish Daily Mirror also disclosed that the Irish Army's intelligence section, G2, were monitoring Buisir's movements.

When confronted, Buisir admitted he was involved in the Islamic charity but denied he had any connection with terrorism.

He said: "I run the Islamic Relief Agency. We are a registered charity and have a charity number here in Ireland."

But the US State Department maintain the Agency network provided assistance to the Taliban.

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Date:May 12, 2008
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