By Vito Barcelo
Manila Standard Today,Friday,June 3, 2011
AUTHORITIES have arrested a Malaysian allegedly linked to the Al-Qaeda network of slain terror leader Osama Bin Laden.
The suspect, Abdul Aziz Usman, also known as Aziz Bin Othman, was nabbed by Immigration agents and Region 11 Navy intelligence officers during an operation in Inawayan village in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.
Immigration chief Ricardo David said Usman, 50, was arrested with aide Omar Abu after months of surveillance.
Reports showed that he was a finance officer associated with the Abu Sayyaf in the south.
Unable to present travel papers, he will be deported as an undocumented alien, said David, a former armed forces chief.
Lawyer Maria Antonette Mangrobang, BI acting intelligence chief, said Usman was about to marry a Filipina in a ceremony at a mosque when he was picked up.
She said the suspect took up accounting and finance at the University of Tennessee, USA from 1996 to 1999.
"He confessed that he has been traveling back and forth to our backdoor via Jolo, Sulu from Sabah, malaysia,"Mangrobang said.