From The Observer, with thanks to Twostellas:
A British Muslim linked to the group suspected of carrying out the Madrid and Casablanca bombings worked at Heathrow airport as a manager for an international air company, an Observer investigation can reveal.
Abdulatif Merroun, 42, who was jailed for five years in Morocco last year for his connection with an Islamic extremist group linked to al-Qaeda, was working for a Canadian airline as a site manager at Heathrow in 1998. During this time he met Mohamed al-Fazazi, the spiritual leader of the Moroccan extremist group Salifia Jihadia, and who is linked to the September 11 attacks.
According to Whitehall sources Merroun ‘helped’ the radical cleric at Heathrow airport.
Merroun, who obtained his British nationality by marrying a British convert to Islam, has dual British and Moroccan nationality. His wife is believed to have reported him missing in June 2002, when he is alleged to have travelled to Tangier in Morocco, and visited Fazazi’s radical mosque.
Merroun was arrested last year in an operation conducted by Moroccan security forces against Islamic radicals in the wake of the Casablanca bombings and imprisoned.
And of course:
When the verdict was announced his wife Fatima Merroun, who lives in west London, claimed he was innocent and had nothing to do with Salafia Jihadia.’My husband wanted to bring his own witnesses to prove that he had nothing to do with this group … and they refused it,’ she said. Her husband had acted as an informal interpreter once for Fazazi at Heathrow, she said, adding that she was planning to launch a campaign in Britain to have him freed. Security sources said that Merroun ‘did not feature’ as a terror suspect.