Sunday 11 December 2016

Detectives release man suspected of being IS extremist

Ken Foy and Tom Brady

Published 17/07/2015 | 02:30

A decision was taken to arrest the man on Monday under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act
A decision was taken to arrest the man on Monday under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act

The suspected IS extremist who was arrested in Dublin this week is a Syrian national who has been living in the capital for a number of years.

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The man, who is aged in his 30s, was sent back to Ireland after he landed in Turkey over the weekend when "irregularities" were observed on the passport he used as he arrived at the airport in Instanbul.

Security forces say Turkey is a well-known transit point for jihadis travelling from Europe to Syria.

It is understood that the man is likely to be charged with offences, but that they will not be directly linked to terrorism.

The DPP will review a file on the matter, which is currently being prepared by investigating gardaí.

The man is alleged to have been travelling on a false passport, which was from an Eastern European country that is a member of the EU. It has been seized by gardaí as part of the probe.

Yesterday, it emerged that the suspect was arrested by Garda Special Branch detectives on Monday.

Sources revealed that on his return to Dublin Airport on Friday officers decided not to arrest the man. Instead, he was put under detailed surveillance for the weekend.

Surveillance

A decision was taken to arrest the man on Monday under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and his home was raided. He was brought to a city-centre garda station for questioning about the Eastern European passport on which he had been travelling.

He was later released without charge, but it is understood that "overt and covert surveillance" is expected to continue.

Gardaí are continuing to carry out inquiries into a background of the man.

Further investigations are also being carried out to try and establish why he was travelling on a false passport.

It is not yet known if detectives have found any evidence to link him with terrorist groups. It is also unclear if he had been on their monitoring radar in the past.

Monday's arrest is not the first time this year that a suspected jihadi has been arrested in Ireland.

Last January, a suspected extremist was arrested at Dublin Airport as he attempted to enter the country. That man, a French-Algerian national, was detained when he arrived off an international flight.

It is believed that suspect was travelling on a false French passport.

Earlier this year, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald confirmed that three Irish people have been killed in the conflict zones in the Middle East since the Arab Spring uprising after travelling to the region to take part in rebellions there.

Irish Independent

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