THE Belarus KGB secret service yesterday revealed the true identity of the Islamic terror suspect arrested in Palma on Monday as part of a nation-wide swoop which netted 15 other suspected militants in Spain. Valeri Nadtochayev, spokesperson for the Belarus security committee said that the 30-year-old Arab-speaking blond is called Andréi Misiura and was born in Minsk but left the country in 1999 and has not apparently ever returned. However, the KGB source revealed that he has been arrested on three other occasions since 2002 in Germany, Italy and Portugal for failing to have a valid visa. What is more, the Islamic terror suspect currently being held in Madrid, is an apparent expert in chemical warfare, and was a member of the Belarus army reserves although he has never been called up for active duty. The information from the KGB conflicts with that provided by the Spanish authorities. Sources at the Ministry of Defence this week denied that the suspect was a member of the military in Belarus while government sources tried to play down his chemical warfare training. Balearic government delegate Ramon Socias did admit that Misiura, alias Serguéi Malishev and Amin Al Ansari, has undergone chemical warfare training. A number of European security services have him on their wanted books as a chemical warfare expert.
The Belarus and the other 15 detainees are all suspected of recruiting suicide bombers for missions in Iraq and high court judge Fernando Andreu is expected to finish questioning them all later this morning.
Yesterday Misiura was quizzed along with the prime suspect and alleged leader of the Al Qaeda-linked cell Abu Sufian, a 25-year-old Iraqi.