After reading up on the latest news related to the Gupta flight saga and all the ramifications involved, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was more behind the whole affair than meets the eye. Will we ever know how serious the security breach at the Waterkloof Air Force Base really was?
The incident has evoked many questions in my mind. Will the number of guests who arrived on the unauthorized Airbus A330 equal the number that will depart, especially now that they’re not departing from where they landed in the first place? Do the authorities even know who exactly were on the initial passenger list? Could it be possible that a wanted criminal or terrorist may have been on the plane? What else was smuggled into the country that we will never know about? Was the influence of the wealthy and politically connected Gupta family perhaps exploited for other clandestine motives, by a terrorist network that is currently creating havoc in other parts of Africa?
According to a media statement by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) the Airbus A330 belongs to Jet Airways. It the second largest Indian airline - owned by wealthy Indian businessman, Naresh Goyal.
It took Jet Airways more than two years to get the necessary clearances from US authorities to fly to the United States. While the airline initially expected to begin service to Newark via Brussels in June 2005, the US State Department only gave the final go-ahead on 15 November 2006. The airline’s alleged links to organized crime in India and abroad was apparently one of the reasons for the delay.
Another controversy arose with Jet Airways when Asmin Tariq, a British contractor of Asian descent, who was working for the airline as a security agent at Heathrow Airport became implicated in the foiled terror plot of 10 August 2006. Tariq apparently had plans to blow up ten transatlantic airliners belonging to three different US airlines in mid-air on their way from London to New York, Newark and Los Angeles. [Source]
A Facebook page (note) titled, “THE GREAT INDIAN LIE - A CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE” reveals that the fugitive, drug baron, and terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim, has a major stake in Jet Airways and that his connections with Jet Airways owner, Naresh Goyal, go a long way back. The same source alleges that Naresh Goyal to this day has not revealed the ownership pattern of Jet Airways and that the Indian Government is also apparently “clueless”.
Readers can read more about Dawood Ibrahim’s terrorist activities on Wikipedia, but for purposes of this posting it is worthwhile mentioning that he is India's MOST WANTED criminal. Among a long list of various atrocities committed by him it is widely believed that he organized and financed the 1993 Bombay bombings and also provided logistics and support for the 2008 Mumbai Terror Strikes.
Indian intelligence believes the attacks on Mumbai’s commuter train network during 2006 might be the work of Dawood Ibrahim. [Source]
Several sources have linked Ibrahim to the terrorist network al-Qaeda. The US Department of Treasury keeps a fact sheet on Ibrahim which contains reports of his syndicate having smuggling routes from South Asia, the Middle-East and Africa shared with and used by al-Qaeda.
Well, there you have it in a nutshell dear readers… The criminals and terrorists of the world are ruling the roost!
"No stone will be left unturned," says Justice and Constitutional Development Minister, Jeff Radebe... Yeah sure!
Just look how these clowns ignore valid questions and pass the buck…
PS: See also follow-up posting: Gupta Airbus – A Decoy?