A Jordanian man tagged as a former henchman of Osama Bin Laden’s brother-in-law, was arrested in Mindanao and will be deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for illegally entering the country.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said 51-year-old Mahmoud Afif Abdeljalil is now in government custody following his arrest last July 4 by joint operatives of the BI, military and police in Zamboanga City.
“We are going to deport him for being an illegal entrant as he has no record of arrival, after he was arrested and deported in 2003 for being an undesirable alien,” the BI chief said.
Morente added that Abedeljalil assumed a fictitious name and resorted to misrepresentation and falsification of public documents which enabled him to reside in the country.
It was learned that authorities started monitoring the Jordanian’s activities in the country when he and his Algerian companion were flagged down at a military checkpoint in Zamboanga in August last year.
After months of intensive surveillance and case buildup, it was confirmed that the alien has been unlawfully staying in the country. Morente then immediately issued the mission order that led to his recent arrest.
During questioning, Abdeljalil claimed that he returned to the country in 2007 and admitted that he was previously arrested and deported by the BI in 2003 for having an expired visa and involvement in clandestine terrorist activities as a Palestinian under the name Mahmood Afif.
When he was arrested 16 years ago, authorities said the Jordanian served as the point man of Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, a Saudi businessman and Bin Laden’s brother-in-law, in managing several charity organizations in the South that funneled money to Al Qaeda and the Abu Sayyaf Group.
Three years after he was deported, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reportedly froze Khalifa’s bank accounts and financial assets to prevent funds from being laundered further to the said terrorist groups.
Authorities also alleged that even after Khalifa was killed in 2007, Abdeljalil continued to extend financial support to the Abu Sayyaf using as fronts several mosques and Madrasah schools that he built in the South that received Al Qaeda funding from abroad. BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION