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Bangkok Explosives Suspect Blames the Mossad

Lebanese-Swedish man arrested in Thailand after police found material for explosives in his store says they were stored by the Mossad.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/23/2012, 11:41 AM

The Lebanese-Swedish man arrested in Thailand after police found material for explosives in his store says they were put there by the Mossad, according to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

Atris Hussein, age 47, who carries a Swedish passport and lives in Hizbullah-controlled southern Lebanon, claimed total innocence. After American and Israeli terror alerts for Thailand, local police found four tons of urea fertilizer and approximately 10 gallons of ammonium nitrate in his warehouse. He allegedly planned to ship the materials, which can be used to make explosives, to another country.

Hussein told the Swedish tabloid that the Mossad was behind the entire incident but could not explain why they picked on him and how he knew that, according to him, three men who interrogated him in Thailand were from the Mossad.

Hussein said he is a Shi’ite Muslim and leans to the left politically, factors which may have made him appear suspicious to the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency.

He moved to Sweden in 1989, returned to Lebanon in 2005 and maintains an export business in Thailand.

He admitted there was ammonium in boxed of goods to be exported but said that since he does not trade in fertilizer, someone else – probably the Mossad – placed them there.