According to the site of the Digi24 channel, the head of the Syrian news agency says he did not know where Omar Hayssam was before being transferred to Romania.
The head of the Syrian news agency SANA denied for Digi24, that he had declared for “The Voice of Russia” that Omar Hayssam was brought to Romania from Iraq, and says he wasn’t even contacted by the news site financed by the Russian Government.
“The head of the SANA News Agency declared (…) that he was not contacted by ‘The Voice of Russia’ and that he did not know where Omar Hayssam was before being transferred to Romania. Moreover, it seems that the Syrian general who was quoted in the radio channel report does not exist”, says the site of the Romanian TV channel.
“The Voice of Russia” published an article on Wednesday saying that they have spoken to Ahmed Daua, the head of SANA, the official press agency of Syria, and that he said that Omar Hayssam was brought to Romania from Iraq, where he was held in a prison. “Syria has nothing to do with the person and the fate of this terrorist. From the information I have, he was held in a prison in Iraq and he was transferred to Romania from there”, said “the Voice of Russia” Ahmed Daua had declared. Moreover, the site of the state radio in Russia said that they had talked to another person, “general Hasan Hasan, a member of the Syrian army”, whom they asked: “We would like to know if (Omar Hayssam) was imprisoned in Syria, what were the accusations and if he was transferred to the Romanian authorities”. “We are always open to work with other governments in the fight against terrorism. Had such a transfer been made, we would have known about it. I have no information about the Romanian terrorist. Moreover, I found out from you about the existence of Omar Hayssam”, apparently Hasan Hasan said. Digi 24 says that this general does not really exist.
FM Corlatean: State proved it has institutions capable to achieve national security objectives
On the other hand, Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean on Thursday said that Omar Hayssam’s bringing to Romania showed that the state had the capacity and powerful institutions to achieve an extremely important objective, but he refused to mention what the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s (MAE) role was in this operation.
‘What is most important is that the Romanian state, through its levers, through its specialised institutions, managed – and proved it is a powerful state – to do justice, so that the convicted person should execute the sentence decided by the Romanian Justice,’ Corlatean told a press conference, quoted by Agerpres. He refused to clarify what role the Foreign Affairs Ministry played in bringing Hayssam to Romania.
‘The Prime Minister said certain things very clearly. He nominated institutions having had a bigger or smaller role in this operation, among which MAE, too. What I can tell you is that these institutions did their job and, as in any such operations, there are also data that are not meant to be publicly commented and I shall observe the standard rules in any European, Euro-Atlantic country in this kind of operations. I want to salute, though, that the Romanian state proved it has powerful institutions, capable of implementing the objectives related with the national security and with the support for its own citizens,’ the Romanian chief diplomat also said.
We remind our readers that Omar Hayssam was convicted by the courts of Romania in four files: 20 years in prison for kidnapping the journalists in Iraq, 16 years in prison in ‘Volvo Truck’ file, 3 years in prison in ‘Foresta Nehoiu’ file, 2 years in prison for the fraudulent border crossing. The first three convictions are final.