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'Mossad set me up': Swede held in Bangkok

'Mossad set me up': Swede held in Bangkok

Published: 19 Jan 2012 15:15 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Jan 2012 15:15 GMT+01:00

A Lebanese-born Swede arrested in Thailand last week on terror suspicions has professed his innocence, claiming he was set up by Israeli intelligence service Mossad.

“I'm 100 percent innocent,” 47-year-old Hussein Atris told the Aftonbladet newspaper from a remand center in Thailand where he is being held on suspicion of possessing illegal bomb making materials.

Atris was arrested last Thursday at the Bangkok airport as he was about to board a flight back to his home in Lebanon.

While he was initially suspected of terrorism, Atris was later formally charged with illegal explosives possession after Thai police said they found large amounts of ammonium nitrate and fertilizer in a storage facility rented by Atris on the outskirts of Bangkok.

But the 47-year-old, who moved to Sweden in 1989 and took Swedish citizenship in 1994, claims he was set up.

“A lot of the material police found in my storage facility had been placed there, most likely by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad,” Atris told the newspaper.

Atris said had been treated well by Thai authorities, but missed his family in Lebanon, where he has lived since moving back from Sweden in 2005 after a decade working as a hair dresser in Gothenburg.

He maintained he had nothing to do with the suspicions against him.

“This is a plot; I'm only involved in regular business activities,” he said.

Atris was arrested following warnings from the United States and Israel of possible terrorist attacks in the Thai capital.

According to Thai police, Atris has links to Hezbollah, an Iranian- and Syrian-backed Muslim Shiite group considered to be a terrorist organization by the United States.

Atris believes Mossad has singled him out because he is a Shiite Muslim who lives in an area outside of Beirut where support for Hezbollah is strong.

While he denies being a member of Hezbollah, he admits to having “left-leaning” sympathies.

“I voted for the Social Democrats when I lived in Sweden. That may have made me look suspicious in the eyes of the Mossad. They had an eye on me,” he told the newspaper.

Following his arrest, there was confusion about Atris's nationality, but the Swedish foreign ministry confirmed earlier this week that Atris did have a Swedish passport. He told Aftonbladet he holds both Lebanese and Swedish citizenship and visited Sweden in 2010 to get a new Swedish passport containing biometric information.

Atris explained that, at the time of his arrest, he was in Thailand on business to check on how the storage facilities he had rented near the Thai capital had fared following flooding in the area in November and December.

“We bought goods in Asia and exported them to other countries, including Lebanon. It was fans, copy paper, ice packs used for pain relief,” Atris said, explaining the operations of an import-export business he started with a friend in Lebanon three years ago.

According to Thai police, the storage container contained bomb making material, including large quantities of ammonia and fertilizer.

“The [ice packs] contain ammonia,” Atris explained.

“It's as simple as that. We've never traded in fertilizer. It must have been placed in our storage facility by someone, probably the Mossad.”

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15:40 January 19, 2012 by Iraniboy
Well Mossad is a track of such activities that they don't even mind to hid it! Not so long ago they terrorized a Hamas politician and so far 4 Iranian scientists!
15:48 January 19, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
This reminds me of those police shows, when they catch guys with drugs in his pockets, they always claims it's not theirs. Innocent until proven guilty but why would the mossad go through such an elaborate setup to get a "import-exporter". Sounds fishy to me, I'm not buying this guys story.
16:17 January 19, 2012 by Tanskalainen
Mossad is reading my mind with laser beams.
16:23 January 19, 2012 by millionmileman
Here we go again blaming Israel. If you play with Hezbollah you are going to get your fingers burned.

Next time "Don't Mess With the ZOHAN" He's a better Hairdresser!

http://youtu.be/Q0Mc_rFTQ7Q
16:23 January 19, 2012 by StockholmSam
I never met a hairdresser I trusted. Shifty bunch the lot of 'em,
16:45 January 19, 2012 by Vill
Any lawyer worth his weight in kronor will tell you the ol ' "Mossad Defense" isn't nearly as successful as the "Chewbacca Defense" in the court of law. This man should hire a better legal defense team.
17:23 January 19, 2012 by canuk
yes this person looks REALLY swedish. This is exactly the reason ALL europeans have to go through biometric procedures when travelling to the states. He does exactly what hes supposed to do, comes to Sweden, managed to stay with some BS to the autoritites. 5 Years later gets citizenship and now is 'swedish' by passport and can travel with much fewer restrictions all over the world, giving swedes a bad name. Keep importing this garbage from the middle east and africa sweden!
17:30 January 19, 2012 by occassional
'Italian' pizzeria not much of a money turner for this persecuted citizen of the world then. Chose the 'international manipulator' career instead. Quite a leap that.
17:44 January 19, 2012 by guliver
Iranboy

nonesense.

this man was sent by Hezbolla to attack Jewish and Israeli targets in Thailand.

Hezballa try for very long time to take revange of the elimination of Mornie who was the"army commander " of Hezballa and was eliminated by the Mossad in Damsacus,as their possibilities to act from Lebanon are limited because of idf ,they look for an action abroad, but the Mossad and the CIA knew in advanced about these Lebanese terrorists and their planes in Thailand and worn the Thai security forces in time saving the life of many Israeli tourists.
18:08 January 19, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
Yes, his mouth will open and the lies will tumble out. Another one being consumed by his vile race hatred of the Jewish people. His hatred is rebounding and giving him a low and miserable existence.
18:34 January 19, 2012 by bramblebush
He moves to Thailand and starts eating pork and partaking of the many Thai delights and, viola, he falls under the spell of the Mosad. Happens to arabs around the world all the time.....
20:46 January 19, 2012 by Nemesis
Yes, of course Mossad is following all 7 billion people on the entire planet, trying to set them all up. If Mossad were involved in 10% of what they are alleged to be involved in, they would need more operatives than there are people on planet earth. There are only 8 million people in Israel. The fact there are only 1200 employee's in Mossad, should be taken into account regarding that.

Seriously if trying to make up a story so as to get out of a jail term or to drum up sympathy, then make up something original. The whole jews under the bed and Mossad spying thing, is getting a bit old.
21:20 January 19, 2012 by Rishonim
"I voted for the Social Democrats when I lived in Sweden. That may have made me look suspicious in the eyes of the Mossad. They had an eye on me," he told the newspaper. Haaaaaaahahahahahahaha. Careful all of you who voted Social Democrats in the last election. Mossad is watching you;-)
21:39 January 19, 2012 by wxman
Another Jihadist brought to justice.
22:21 January 19, 2012 by Rey Stockholm
If he has moved back home in his words take away his swedish citizenship
23:41 January 19, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
Mossad will be very interested in the future of this jihadist...
01:07 January 20, 2012 by TheWatchman
I actually laughed out loud when I read this.

'My car broke down! Damn North Korean spies. Must have tampered with the engine'
02:58 January 20, 2012 by wolfbay
There go those Jews again. They've been driven out of Malmo and once they're driven out of the rest of the country , Swedens problems will be over. let the " Malmo- ization" of Sweden continue.
03:40 January 20, 2012 by blursd
If I follow this logic correctly Mossad is currently using all the limited resources at it's disposal to clandestinely place ammonia and fertilizer in the storage containers of every Arab-Swedish citizen across the entire world who ever voted for the Social Democratic Party.

Yes ... that makes perfect sense.

Why doesn't he just blame it on a purple Easter Bunny, or a transsexual Greek Orthodox priest ... would be just about as cogent as what he's saying right now.
05:08 January 20, 2012 by Jeff10
If this guy had any brains, he'd take a page from POTUS Obama's playbook and blame it on George W. Bush.

On the other hand, those purple Easter Bunnies are a clever, nefarious group, capable of the most diabolic acts.
07:19 January 20, 2012 by karex
#7 Exactly! In my opinion he only came to Sweden to get a passport so he can travel around for his terrorist friends with less restrictions.

What to do about it? I agree with #15: if he has moved back, then take away the citizenship.
09:01 January 20, 2012 by seborga82
i wonder how long swedish passport will be remain to have visa free travels for most countries. Sweden sends its own problems also to the rest of the world.

China now is even restricting Swedes travel to China by asking invitations and finger prints , which was not required previously...
10:05 January 20, 2012 by Harry®
Found with massive amounts of explosives not his fault? Mossad did it? How?
10:49 January 20, 2012 by DAVID T
Well at least they have the death penalty in Thailand
13:06 January 20, 2012 by oneman
Mosad quote "kee betachbulot ta'ase lecha milchama" meaning "With clandestine terrorism we will conduct war"
13:09 January 20, 2012 by seborga82
i mean it is fine if sweden wanna make itself a muslim country, but dont ship the trouble to other countries...at least make a special on these "new swedes" passports, so the embassies and immigration controls can identify whom is who...
13:32 January 20, 2012 by oneman
What amazes me is that the Mossad actually have been using False IDs sneaked out from Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). This is top national security issue. The euqation between the first two lines shows that they stole from YOU and Lied To US.
14:47 January 20, 2012 by godnatt
One would be hard pressed to find a Muslim who takes responsibility for his actions and shortcomings without blaming the omnipotent Jewish boogeymen.
15:07 January 20, 2012 by guliver
oneman

The Mossad does not need to steal ID's from people other states ,but it can use it's own people with a falsh arab ID to enter Arab countries or other countries ,as in the case of Eli Cohen in Damascus, besides it can operate in enemies countries with agents who are native in these countries.

Between the Mossad and the Cia there is a very good work cooperation specialy in the issue of Islamic terrorists organizations in the middle east, and with the other secret agencies of the European countries.
23:36 January 20, 2012 by Moshe
'Mossad set me up': Swede held in Bangkok.

If Mossad did set you up, why would they go after you? Did they go after you because you are Lebanese? What did you do to the state of Israel to bring them down on you? It couldn't have been to bad or otherwise you wouldn't have been arrested. Mossad must be using the politically correct way of going after it's enemies, i.e., stetting them-up.
15:53 January 21, 2012 by Dave N
Yes, it was definitely Mossad. Just remember the Mossad trained sharks that attacked bathers at Sharm-el-Sheik and the Mossad trained vulture that the Saudis caught spying for Israel.

We had a power cut the other day. They tried to tell us that it was caused by some thieves stealing electricity cables... but we all know it was really Mossad.
22:04 January 21, 2012 by TheWatchman
Oh man, I remember those Mossad trained-sharks. I used one of those back in Vietnam. I was pinned down by some Vietkong, then the shark took care of it.

@ Moshe

I seriously doubt he was set up. He was probably just caught and couldn't think of anything else to say. He should have said, "I'm a time traveller." Less plausible, but twice the humour.
02:02 January 22, 2012 by godnatt
If the Mossad was after him he wouldn't be breathing to tell about it...
05:21 March 6, 2012 by D4ni3L
I wonder if he had connections to the 3 men who were involved in the Bangkok bombs, that went off a couple of weeks ago.
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