December 23, 2013
The Madrid XL Group of the Provincial Information Brigade, which specializes in Islamic Terrorism, has arrested a 24-year Spanish man and convert to Islam at his home of Entrevias (Puente de Vallecas). He is charged with an offense of glorifying terrorism and the Jihad and the case is in the hands of the High Court.
According to investigators, Abdallah used his Facebook account to defend the “jihad” in Islamic wars or conflicts such as Syria or Palestine. The Police found manuals for weapons and explosives in his house. Abdallah made his first trip to Mecca last year.
Two men have been arrested this morning in Zaragoza and Murcia for being allegedly linked to Al Qaeda, as part of an operation ordered by the National Court.
The two suspected terrorists detained are Nou Mediouni, of Algerian origin, and held in Zaragoza, and Hassan El Jaaouani, of Moroccan origin, and arrested in Murcia. They are “supposedly radical members of a cell related to the terrorist organization AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb),” said a statement issued by the National Police.
However, Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez, has not confirmed that the two men were related among them. Sources of the National Court also notes that it cannot be said yet that they belong to a jihadist cell, although both of them have visited radical Islamic websites. The profile of those detained, according to the police statement, correspond to the two people who recently committed the attack in the Boston Marathon.
The Interior Ministry said in a second press release that Nou Mediouni was a”regular user of a known radical Islamist platform based in Mali from which AQIM is responsible, and that recruits candidates presenting more radical profiles “. Mediouni, according to police, was recruited by the forum “for its high degree of radicalization” and was instructed to travel to a “jihadist training camp located in northern Mali and directed by AQIM.”However, the note explains, “strong international police pressure on the ground” prevented him to contact those responsible for the field and was forced to return to Spain.
12 April 2013
The National Court judge Santiago Pedraz has released with charges the Moroccan citizen living in Ulldecona (Tarragona) who used his social network page on Facebook to spread links of videos that encouraged jihad and terrorist attacks.
As reported by legal sources, Ridouan Ben Omar, 23, will deliver the passport, will be prohibited from leaving Spain and will appear weekly at the offcial instances. He is accused of breaching Article 579 of the Penal Code, that considers as a delit “the distribution or dissemination by any means of messages or slogans designed to cause, encourage or facilitate the execution” of acts of terrorism.
The research, led by the Central Court of Instruction No. 1 of the National Court, began in the summer of 2011 following the publication on his Facebook profile of praising messages about prominent jihadi leaders like Ahmed Yassin, Hamas, or the deceased Osama Bin Laden.
06 August 2012
The alleged Russian Chechen Islamists arrested last Thursday in Almuradiel (Ciudad Real) intended to attack Gibraltar coinciding with the celebration of the Olympic Games in London, as it is clear from the research conducted by the National Court Judge Pablo Ruz, reported legal sources.
This is the conclusion of researchers following a statement from the flight instructor who was contacted by Eldar Magomedov, aka “Muslim Dost,” Muhamed Ankari Adamov and Cengiz Turk Yalzin to teach them how to paraglide during their stay in La Linea de la Concepción (Cádiz).
The Islamist terrorist suspects Wissam Ayachine and Abdelkader Lotfi will be judged at the National Court, for inciting to radical activism and providing information over the Internet.
The two suspects raised funds from the North African community in Burgos, Madrid and Palencia and sent funds on ten occasions between 2003 and 2007 with amounts ranging between 100 and 750 euros to Bouchaib Magher, a “brother in jail” and leader of the cell, arrested on December 30, 2002.
Both were engaged in indoctrinating others and maintained contact with other cells of Sweden and Denmark through the Internet, also inciting jihad and exchanged information on the manufacture of explosives and provided two links to learn how to make bombs and mines.
A Muslim lawyer has protested after being excluded from court for refusing to lift her veil. The General Council of the Judiciary, which supervises the Spanish court system, says it has opened a preliminary probe of the complaint from attorney Zoubida Barik Edidi. Edidi, a Spaniard of Moroccan origin, was attending a trial in the National Court in Madrid when Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez asked her to leave because she refused to raise the veil. She was there accompanying a colleague acting as defense attorney, but was not formally part of the defense team, wearing her lawyer’s robes and a veil. She left the courtroom, but then filed a complaint with the body that oversees the judiciary in Spain, citing “discrimination” and “abuse of power.”
Fatima Hssini, who was expelled from a Spanish courtroom last month when she refused to lift her burka, has testified with her veil raised and her back to the public audience. Speaking to journalists as she arrived to give her testimony Monday morning, Hssini said the controversy which arose after the interview last week was due to ignorance. Wearing the burka is seen as much more normal, she said, in other European countries than it is in Spain.
Hssini testified as a witness at the trial in the National Court for nine people charged with recruiting and sending Mujahedeen to carry out suicide attacks in Iraq. Hssini, the sister of one of those who died, was originally in court last Wednesday but was expelled by Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez after refusing to lift her burka.
A witness called before the National Court in Spain has been expelled from the court after she refused to lift or remove her burka. The woman, the sister of an Islamic radical killed in a suicide bombing in 2005, was called as a witness in a case where nine alleged Islamists were in the dock, facing allegations of sending Mujahidin to carry out suicide attacks in Iraq. She explained that her religion forbade her from appearing in public without her burka.
Judge Javier Gómez Bermúdez expelled her from the court, but the two later reached a compromise, AFP reports. She agreed to testify on Monday without the part of her burka which normally covers the face “between the chin and the eyebrows” and with her back turned to the public in the courtroom.
The judge commented that “seeing her face I can see if she is lying or not, or if any question surprises her or not”. He said that he did not want to charge her with disobedience, but underlined that religious beliefs cannot be above civil law.
A judge in Madrid’s National Court acquitted 20 Islamic terror suspects of the most serious charges in an alleged plot, but convicted them of lesser offences. The court found 18 of 20 suspects guilty of belonging to a terrorist organization, and convicted two others of collaborating in the alleged plot to blow up a court, revealed in late 2004. The three-judge panel said prosecutors failed to provide evidence that the suspects plotted to destroy the court with a suicide bombing, and were thus acquitted of these larger charges. The court however, sentenced the 20 persons to a total of 173 years in prison for having collaborative ties to terrorist organizations, including the al-Qaeda linked _Martyrs for Morocco.’ The National Court is Spain’s primary court for reviewing terrorism cases.
A suspect in the 2004 Madrid train bombings has been arrested in Morocco, and will be tried there, judiciary officials said. Moroccan authorities detained the suspect, Abdelilah Hriz. Spain and Morocco do not have an extradition treaty, but a new legal agreement allows Moroccan courts to try suspects on charges drawn up by Spanish courts. “Morocco does not normally hand over its nationals and in order to be able to try him, a judge here has transferred the legal process there,” National Court Judge Baltasar Garzon said. Hriz’s DNA samples were found on several items found in a suburban Madrid apartment where the seven alleged ringleaders blew themselves up, as police moved in to arrest them three weeks after the bombings.