The Civil Guard detains a Spanish citizen in Melilla for a crime of terrorism

The operation carried out by the Civil Guard Information Service dates back to the beginning of 2020, when the researchers detected a rapid process of radicalization during the detainee's stay in a Penitentiary Center, where he was serving a sentence for the commission of common crimes

The detainee was immersed in a terrorist indoctrination process

In an operation carried out by agents of the Information Service of the Civil Guard, under the direction of the Central Court of Instruction number 2 and the Prosecutor's Office of the National Court, an individual of Spanish nationality from Melilla was arrested on March 12. Yesterday the judicial authority decreed his entry into prison without bail.

The operation now completed, was initiated by specialists from the Civil Guard Information Service at the beginning of 2020 in collaboration with the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions, thanks to this participation it was possible to detect this radicalization process in the “Sevilla II” Penitentiary Center of Morón de la Frontera (Seville), where the detainee was serving a sentence for being the author of several common crimes, some of them involving the use of violence. In this way, it was discovered that the inmate was consuming a large amount of audiovisual material, whose authorship and dissemination is used as a recruitment and recruitment tool by jihadist terrorist organizations, and that he was gradually placing him in more radical postulates.
In the search carried out at the domicile of his habitual residence in the Autonomous City of Melilla, numerous material and effects were seized, especially of a computer type, from these indications have been obtained that show the high impregnation that the official propaganda organs have achieved of DAESH on social networks, in an attempt to counteract the human and territory losses that have been inflicted on him in the conflict zone.
The study and analysis of the evidence continues in order to reinforce and obtain relevant information to fully clarify the activity and connections of this individual, as well as the opening of other lines of research.
The early detection of radicalization processes in people who are under the influence of DAESH recruiters, both physically and virtually, is currently one of the greatest investigative challenges facing the security forces.
Since the elevation to level 4 of the Antiterrorist Alert on June 26, 2015, the Civil Guard has strengthened all the operational devices and lines of antiterrorist investigation.


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