Serbia: Terrorism expert receives death threat

Published on January 21, 2008, Adnkronos international

Category: Islamic Terror in Kosovo

Belgrade, 21 Jan. (AKI) – Serbian terrorism expert, Darko Trifunovic, has cancelled a visit to Germany next week after claiming he received death threats from Muslim extremists.

Trifunovic, a professor at Belgrade University, said he has cancelled plans to attend the 11th European police congress in Berlin, after reporting death threats from alleged extremists in Bosnia.

Trifunovic, who has used the term “white Al-Qaeda”, to describe young European Muslims recruited by Islamic terrorist organisations, has been most outspoken on the activities of Islamic extremists in Bosnia and their links to Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

“I’m not panicky, but I do feel in danger,” Trifunovic told Adnkronos International (AKI) in an exclusive interview.

He said he had decided to avoid the Berlin congress on the urging of his friends and associates, after a threatening message was posted on a Bosnian extremist website,

“Help us God to erase Trifunovic and his entire family from the earth,” the message said.

“If Darko Trifunovic goes to the 11th Police Congress in Berlin, God help us that all Muslims finish him,” it added.

Individuals like Trifunovic should be harassed and discredited by all means “and to the very end, until others dare not show up to talk about terrorism” the message continued.

The website is based in New York and its editor Esad Krcic had written to the Berlin congress organisers urging them to ban Trifunovic, saying he was spreading ideology of hate and lies against Muslims.

But the congress said on its website Trifunovic had informed the organisers he was not able to attend because he “received very dangerous death threats” and had “decided not to expose himself and endanger the congress”.

The site has been closed after Trifunovic made the threats public claiming it had been attacked by hackers.

Trifunovic said was glorifying Muslim extremists, such as Sakib Mahmuljin, whom he accused of being a “high ranking Bosnian Al-Qaeda member, and imam of a Sarajevo King Fahd mosque, Nezim Halilovic Muderis.

The King Fahd mosque was built in 2000 on the outskirts of Sarajevo with Saudi money and named after the Saudi monarch.

“I have been following Muderis’ activities since 1999 and his Friday sermons, available on Bosnian websites, are replete with incitement to violence in Israel, Kashmir, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and the Philippines,” Trifunovic told AKI.

Trifunovic said Muderis is preaching a radical, Wahabi form of Islam, and is indoctrinating local youths, while local Muslim authorities are looking the other way.

“His ideas are well accepted by the young, who should be the most protected by the state, which opens the question on the role of the state and some Bosnian politicians at the highest level,” Trifunovic added.

Wahabism is a conservative 18th century reform movement of Sunni Islam founded by Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab, after whom it is named. Wahhabism is the creed upon which the kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded and is the dominant form of Islam found in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.

The Wahabi ideology was brought to the Balkans by thousands of mujahadeen fighters, who came from Islamic countries to fight on the side of local Muslims during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 civil war and has been slowly gaining strength ever since.

A group of 15 Wahabis was arrested in Serbia’s Sandzak region, with sizable Muslim population, in March last year and is currently standing trial before a Belgrade court. They have been accused of plotting terrorist activities, including an attack on the US embassy in Belgrade.

Trifunovic estimated that up to 40,000 Muslims had been indoctrinated with radical Islam in Bosnia. But he said there are also active Wahabi cells in Sandzak, Serbia’s breakaway Kosovo province and other areas with substantial Muslim communities.

“If only one per cent of these individuals is prepared for the most radical forms of terrorism, the international community should be seriously concerned,” Trifunovic said.

“We are no longer talking about foreign mujahadeen, who have more or less finished their work in Bosnia, but about a ‘small army’ of local followers, with strong logistics, who are recruiting new members and spreading fear."

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