Former ‘terror list’ suspect invites gardaí for tea following assaults

Ibrahim Buisir was fined €600 after pleading guilty to assaulting two female detective gardaí. Pic: CourtPix

A Libyan-born man who once featured on the UN al Qaeda “terror list” has offered to make tea for two officers from the Garda Special Detective Unit after he pleaded guilty to assaulting them.

Ibrahim Buisir, aged 50, who lives in south Co Dublin, avoided jail and was fined €600 when he apologised in court to the two female officers. He said: “I am sorry, next time you are at my house I will invite you in for tea.”

The father of six pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to assaulting Det Garda Gillian Morris and Det Garda Leanna Cruise.

Judge Conal Gibbons heard that Buisir had been driving when he was stopped and asked to produce his driving licence, which he handed to Det Garda Morris. Det Garda Cruise said she noticed that he did not have an NCT disc and the vehicle was not taxed, and he was cautioned that his car would be seized under the Road Traffic Act.

His car had not been taxed for over a year and he “became aggressive and began shouting in Det Garda Morris’s face”.

“He aggressively pushed her causing her to step backwards to regain her footing,” said the officer.

“I intervened and he did likewise, pushed me directly in my chest causing me discomfort and pain,” said Det Garda Cruise.

Members of the public were present during the incident which occurred on Jan 17 last year at Hillview Grove, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.

His 12 prior convictions are mostly for road traffic offences, but also include a breach of the peace, as well as one assault which dates back to 1998.

Buisir said he had been suffering from medical problems at the time of the incident. His barrister also explained that at the time, one of Buisir’s sons was in Benghazi, Libya, during its revolution.

Buisir had survived throat cancer in the 1990s but now has diabetes and high blood pressure, his lawyer said.

Judge Gibbons described the behaviour towards the detectives as “outrageous” and warned that attacks on members of the emergency services warrant jail terms,

He apologised but the judge told him to walk across the courtroom “and shake hands with the gardaí and say you are sorry”.

Buisir, who is in receipt of a disability allowance and uses a walking stick, stepped out of the witness box, went over to the two detectives and shook their hands and as he apologised he invited them to tea.

Judge Gibbons said the fine must be paid within six months or else Buisir, who was granted free legal aid, will be jailed for 30 days. In March, Buisir was convicted of engaging in threatening, abusive, and insulting behaviour towards gardaí and was ordered to make a contribution to charity.

He had become became aggressive after refusing to tell an officer from the Special Detective Unit the name of a person seen using his car on Aug 2, 2011. That trial had heard that until last year, Buisir had been on the “UN’s terror list associated with al Qaeda” and was known to the detective unit.


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