Terror Suspect Is Key Scotland Yard Adviser

He's 'regularly consulted' on terror issues, say officials
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2008 7:51 AM CST
Scotland Yard officials have praised 'key' help provided by adviser Mohamed Ali Harrath, who has been convicted of terrorism in Tunisia.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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(Newser) – A convicted terrorist wanted by Interpol is serving on a Scotland Yard advisory board, reports the Times of London. Mohamed Ali Harrath, the subject of a "red alert" Interpol warning since 1992, was sentenced to 56 years in absentia in Tunisia for violence linked to a militant group there. But the British resident is serving on Scotland Yard's Muslim Contact Unit and is "regularly consulted on counter-terrorism issues," said an official. The Brits have refused to extradite him.