A Libyan-born naturalised Irish citizen -- once described as a "close associate" of Osama bin Laden -- is to go on trial next year after he pleaded not guilty to attacking two female gardai near his south Dublin home.
Ibrahim Buisir (50) appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday on foot of a summons issued by two gardai attached to the Special Detective Unit (SDU), the section which investigates threats to state security.
Mr Buisir has now been removed from the UN Security Council's al-Qa'ida sanctions list. The UN had previously described him as having been a "close associate" of Osama bin Laden.
Mr Buisir, who has lived in Ireland for 30 years, faces four charges arising from two alleged incidents near his home at Hillview Grove, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.
The first set prosecuted by SDU officer Garda Valerie Browne alleges that Mr Buisir engaged in threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace on August 2 last year at Hillview Grove.
It is also alleged that he failed to give information as to the identity of a person using a vehicle belonging to him on the same date.
The second set of charges had been brought by Garda Lancelot Ryan, who is also attached to the SDU.
The first of this batch states it is alleged that Mr Buisir again engaged in threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace on January 17 last at the same location.
He is also charged with assaulting Garda Gillian Morris and Leanna Cruise on the same date at Hillview Grove.
Mr Buisir's lawyer told Judge John O'Connor yesterday that the charges were being contested.
Mr Buisir will undergo surgery in February and the judge ordered that the non-jury District Court trial will be take place on March 11, 2013.
The prosecution will be calling four witness to give evidence while up to four more may also testify for the defence in the half-day trial.
The assault charge has been brought under Section Two of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act which, on conviction, can result in imprisonment for up to six months or a fine.