Sunday 22 April 2018

Algerian quizzed by gardaí alleged to have forged up to 100 documents

On Saturday, the Irish Independent revealed more than 70 jihadi sympathisers are now being closely monitored here by Garda anti-terrorist units and military intelligence (stock photo)
On Saturday, the Irish Independent revealed more than 70 jihadi sympathisers are now being closely monitored here by Garda anti-terrorist units and military intelligence (stock photo)
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

An Algerian man, who was questioned by gardaí earlier this month, is suspected of selling up to a hundred forged documents since he was placed under investigation at the start of the year. The man is alleged to have forged passports and other identity papers to order - and was paid in cash.

His customers are alleged to have included Islamist sympathisers, involved in providing logistical back-up to jihadi activists based elsewhere in Europe and providing passports to those getting in or out of Syria or Iraq.

The suspect is said to have used a separate business in Dublin city centre as a legitimate front while he carried out his forgery activities.

Other buyers for his documents are believed to include welfare cheats.

He was arrested by members of the Garda Special Branch on the northside of the capital, and during searches officers seized passports, other documents and equipment.

The man was released without charge after being questioned. Further inquiries are now being made.

A file will then be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will determine if criminal charges should be brought against him.

Inquiries established he had links to some of those already being monitored as suspected jihadi sympathisers by garda and military intelligence.

Irish Independent

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