It was in a Muslim society in Gellerup we met Slimane in the local bazar. We were looking for someone to explain about Islam for our art project Mapping Gellerup. Some years later - we acknowledged that Slimane was held imprisoned in USA´s prisoner’s camp at Guantanamo on Cuba.
The Danish ministry of foreign affairs did not want to have Slimanes identity known to the Danish public - due to an agreement with U.S.A with whom Denmark participated in the war in Iraq.
Being accused for terrorism there is a lot of focus on your personality. Even jokes about football become important.
We ended up broadcasting the interview with Slimane on the Danish DR2 channel in its full length followed up by half an hour of discussions between national politicians.
A part of the written contract with DR - was that they were not allowed to broadcast quotes from the interview in future programmes. Some month after - on the day before Slimanes return to Denmark - DR decided to do this anyway in their daily news programme. If Slimane wanted to return as anonymously as possible to Denmark – this was spoiled completely by DR.
DR ended up admitting that this was a wrong act by DR to broadcast quotes against written agreement and apologized to both Slimane and us. They paid a compensation to Slimane which he accepted.
Associated Press - Udland 13-03-03 14:56:00
United States in Guantanamo Bay said in an interview before
he left Denmark that Muslims can wage war if they're
In a 27-minute interview to be broadcast Thursday night on
Denmark's DR2 channel, Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane, said a
Muslim «should be good to everyone, children, women,
elderly, Muslims and non-Muslims, everyone who deserves
But he said it is «totally different» for those who
don't deserve it, including Saddam Hussein and former
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
«The only moment Muslims can go to war is when someone
attacks them,» Abderrahmane said in the interview
videotaped in April 2000 by two art students in Aarhus, 200
kilometers (124 miles) northwest of the capital,
The students, Nikolaj Kilsmark and Nynne Haugaard, were
making a video about immigrants and picked the 29-year-old
Abderrahmane, whose mother is Danish and father Algerian,
because he spoke Danish well.
A few months later, Abderrahmane left Denmark for Algeria.
From there, he's believed to have gone to Afghanistan.
«First one must try to solve the problem diplomatically
and ... what should I say ... articulately. If it cannot be
solved, then one has to defend oneself because Islam says
so,» Abderrahmane said quietly. «You just can't turn the
When Denmark said in January 2002 that a Dane was arrested
in Afghanistan, Kilsmark and Haugaard, who edited the
footage to 27 minutes, didn't know it was Abderrahmane.
Both the Danish government and U.S. authorities have
refused to identify the man and haven't made public details
of his arrest.
Approximately 650 men from 43 countries are being held at
the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba. All are accused of
links to the al-Qaida terrorist network or Afghanistan's
fallen Taliban regime.