October 13, 2005

Algerian wanted on London bombs jailed in Thailand

BANGKOK (Reuters) - An Algerian wanted in Britain for an
alleged connection to the July 7 London bombs was jailed for
three years in Bangkok on Thursday for forging passports, Thai
officials said. Atamnia Yacine, 33, arrested in the Thai
capital in August with 180 fake French and Spanish passports,
was guilty of making false travel documents, officials said.

"He pleaded guilty in court and got a three year jail
term," Police Lieutenant Colonel Chaisit Deesuk told Reuters.

Thai newspapers have reported that police suspected Yacine
may have supplied fake travel documents used in the London
attacks which killed 52 commuters and wounded 700 and London
police said they were working to seek his extradition.

Thailand is notorious as a center for the production and
distribution of fake travel documents.

However, Thai police have been under pressure to clamp down
on the trade, which security analysts say makes it easier for
international militants to hide their identities and travel

Thailand's Attorney-General Office said on Thursday it had
received the British extradition request, but needed more.

"Britain has not sent us any prosecution report, so we
still can't extradite him," spokesman Sirisak Tiyapan told