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Cablegate: Visas Viper Submission

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

161319Z Mar 05

UNCLAS MADRID 001011

SIPDIS

VISAS VIPER

DEPT FOR CA/VO/L/C AND INR/IC/TIPOFF

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CVIS KVPR PTER ASEC CMGT PINR PREL
(MILENOV, TONI RADEV)
SUBJECT: VISAS VIPER SUBMISSION


1. POST WISHES TO SUBMIT AND/OR UPDATE THE FOLLOWING
NAME AND INFORMATION IN CLASS IN ACCORDANCE WITH VIPER
PROCEDURES:

2. NAME: MILENOV, TONI RADEV

- GENDER: MALE
- DPOB: JAN. 6, 1978, POPOVEZT, BULGARIA
- CLASS: POSITIVE (NO DOB)

3. SPANISH PRESS OF MARCH 14, 2005 REPORTED THAT THE
SPANISH AUTHORITIES WILL REQUEST AUTHORIZATION FROM
BULGARIAN AUTHORITIES TO DEPOSE MILENOV IN CONNECTION
WITH HIS ASSOCIATION WITH SERHANE BEN ABDELMAJID
FAKHET, ALIAS: "SERHANE EL TUNECINO", INVOLVED IN THE
MARCH 11TH TERRORIST ATTACKS AND WHO LATER DIED IN AN
APARTMENT BLAST. MILENOV SHARED AN APARTMENT WITH
FAKHET IN MADRID. HE WAS ARRESTED IN BULGARIA ON APRIL
9, 2004, WHERE HE HAD TRAVELLED FROM SPAIN ON MARCH 1,
2004. AT THAT TIME, BULGARIAN POLICE SEIZED A MANUAL
TO MANUFACTURE EXPLOSIVE DEVICES, WHICH ALSO LISTED THE
TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF SEVERAL OTHER 11TH MARCH
PERPETRATORS. MILENOV CONFIRMED THAT THE MANUAL WAS
PROVIDED BY FAKHET. ACCORDING TO THE SPANISH POLICE
INVESTIGATORS, MILENOV IS A RADICAL ISLAMIST WHO WAS
PREVIOUSLY ARRESTED IN BULGARIA IN 2000 FOR CRIMINAL
ACTIVITIES. HE ASSOCIATED WITH THE RADICAL ISLAMIST
GROUP "THE MUSLIM BROTHERS" AND COOPERATED WITH THE
ISLAMISTS IN THE TURKISH-ARAB HASKOVO REGION IN
BULGARIA. MILENOV RESIDED IN SPAIN SINCE LATE 2000 AND
USED TO FREQUENT RADICAL ISLAMIST CIRCLES. HIS DEGREE
OF COLLABORATION AND/OR INVOLVEMENT IN THE MADRID
TERRORIST EVENTS HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED. THE
EXAMINING JUDGE WILL PROBABLY ISSUE AN INTERNATIONAL
WARRANT OF ARREST FOR MILENOV, AFTER HIS DEPOSITION.

MANZANARES

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