"It's true that my husband has been to Afghanistan. It's true that he intended to launch an attack on the U.S. base here, but he decided not to at the last minute," Naima Trabelsi told Mediane TV. "There were chemical weapons, bombs and plenty other materials destined to be used in the war. He only wanted to destroy such materials. That's all," she added.
Trabelsi, a former Tunisian professional soccer player who played for Fortuna Düsseldorf and Wuppertal soccer teams, was arrested in September 2001 and confessed that he planned to launch a terrorist attack on the U.S. Kleine Brogel base, which houses nuclear missiles, on the orders of al Qaeda. He was convicted by a court in Belgium and sentenced in 2003 to 10 years in prison.
Trabelsi was also indicted by a grand jury in Washington DC in 2007 for belonging to a criminal organization with intent to murder U.S. citizens abroad. He lodged an appeal to a decision by a Belgian court approving his extradition to the U.S.
"The Americans want him because they think he still has things to tell them regarding certain locations, certain individuals and they want to make him speak up," said Naima in the 11-minute interview which was conducted in French. "They want my husband to tell them things which he maybe knows, I don't know," she added.
Trabelsi confessed to his Belgian interrogators that he had met al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden personally during his trip to Afghanistan in 2001.