JG - Gov't confirms London suicide bomber suspect was born in Jamaica
Gov't confirms London suicide bomber suspect was born in Jamaica
published: Sunday July 17, 2005
MINISTER OF Information Burchell Whiteman confirmed yesterday that Germaine Maurice Lindsay, a suspected suicide bomber in last week's London bombings, was born in Jamaica.
Also yesterday, Scotland Yard officially confirmed him as a suspect in attacks on London's transport system that killed 53 people on Thursday July 7.
"The person who has been identified by name in certain reports coming out of the United Kingdom is a person with Jamaican parentage, a Jamaican mother and certainly born in Jamaica," said Mr. Whiteman.
Mr. Whiteman told the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) that government had data on his birth-date and birthplace and other background information that could be provided to British investigators.
"The question," continued Mr. Whiteman was that, "is nationality of any real value in this matter? It does seem to me now that the focus should really be getting to the answers of the questions posed by the head of the British anti-terrorist branch who was asking who committed the attack, who supported them, who financed them, who trained them and who encouraged them."
LEFT JA AT AGE FIVE MONTHS
On Friday, Nigel Lindsay, who is believed to be his father, said in a radio interview, that his son was born on September 23 1985, before leaving for the U.K. in 1986 when he was five months old.
Mr. Lindsay said it was not fair to link his actions with Jamaica as there was "no influence from Jamaica at all", in his son's actions. Instead said Mr. Lindsay, his son "would've been better off staying in Jamaica since birth."
Mr. Lindsay revealed his son had two sisters in the U.K. but would not comment on whether there were any further siblings in Jamaica.
British police yesterday released footage of the four suspected suicide bombers: Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30, Germaine Lindsay, 19, Hasib Hussain, 18, and Shahzad Tanweer, 22. They were caught on close circuit television (CCTV) at Luton train station on the day of the bomb attacks.
A statement from Scotland Yard read: "We can also now confirm the identity of a fourth man who arrived in London with the three men from West Yorkshire and then died in the explosion between King's Cross and Russell Square underground stations. He was Germaine Lindsay, aged 19. We believe that he was responsible for carrying out that attack." Formal identification of all four suspects, said the statement, would be decided by the coroner.
Lindsay becomes the fourth man with Jamaican connections to be involved in international ciminal activities. Convicted sniper Jamaican Lee Boyd Malvo and accused shoe bomber Richard Reid (of Jamaican parentage) who was overpowered by passengers on an aeroplane when he attempted to detonate an explosive device were based in the United States. In the United Kingdom Jamaican Collin Ferguson carried out an armed attack on a commuter train in which five white people died and several more were injured.