The Civil Guard detains two people as alleged members of a radicalization network in prison

The investigation, lasting almost three years, has been developed by the Information Service of the Civil Guard, in collaboration with the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions, as a result of the detection by prison professionals of various graffiti and slogans related to the terrorist organization DAESH in the Botafuegos Penitentiary Center (Algeciras), which made it possible to demonstrate the alleged existence of an organized group dedicated to radicalization and recruitment related to the jihadist ideology

The two detainees were previously convicted of terrorist offenses. Currently one of them was subject to probation measures

The Civil Guard, in an operation carried out under the direction of the Central Court of Instruction number 6 and the Prosecutor's Office of the National Court, has proceeded to the arrest of two individuals, one in the Córdoba Penitentiary Center and the other in the Guipuzcoan town of Pasajes Antxo, who are accused of having carried out jihadist recruitment and indoctrination work at the Botafuegos Penitentiary Center (Algeciras).

The investigation was initiated by the Information Service of the Civil Guard at the beginning of 2018 when, through the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions, it became aware of various graffiti and records related to the terrorist organization DAESH, which made it possible to detect the existence of an alleged group organized by inmates dedicated to radicalization and recruitment in the Botafuegos Penitentiary (Algeciras), where the detainees were serving sentences for the prior commission of terrorist crimes of a jihadist nature.

The investigations carried out revealed that one of the detainees held a role of descent over the rest of the inmates, carrying out indoctrination work on them. These recruitment and indoctrination activities that he carried out in prison were analogous to those for which he was previously convicted and for which he is serving six years in prison.

As part of his proselytizing activity, he would have recruited the other detainee, who was serving a sentence for a crime of terrorist self-indoctrination and who also became a recruiter for other inmates, working among those to whom he had access.

This investigation has verified the creation of a structure dedicated to indoctrination in the ideology and objectives of the terrorist organization DAESH inside the penitentiary, and that intended to maintain the cohesion of the inmates already convicted of terrorism.

This investigation would also be related to another that was carried out on March 12 in Melilla, in which an individual was arrested who had coincided with the previous ones and maintained affiliation with their budgets and who at the time of the arrest was free for serving sentence.

This operation is an example of action coordinated by the Civil Guard and the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions, a cooperation that has led to different actions, the last in this same month of March 2021, when a group of inmates whose activities were aimed at recruitment and radicalization in the prison environment.

Preventive detention has been agreed by the Judicial Authority for the detainee who was at liberty.


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