Sunday 15 September 2019

Man suspected of supplying bogus IDs to Islamic State terrorists arrested in Dublin

Garda armed support unit Stock picture
Garda armed support unit Stock picture

Cathal McMahon

A man suspected of producing bogus IDs for Islamic terrorists has been arrested by armed gardaí in Dublin.

The suspect, an Algerian man in his 40s, is being questioned under the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences)(Amendment) Act 2015 over alleged possession of fraudulent documents - believed to include passports.

Gardaí from the Special Detective Unit (SDU) in conjunction with the London Metropolitan Police searched a number of properties in the Dublin area today.

The man was arrested in connection with this investigation and is currently detained in a north Dublin Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984. 

He can be held for up to 24 hours. understands the arrest was made after a series of searches in continental Europe led UK officers to the suspect.

The Criminal Justice (terrorist Offences)(Amendment) Act was signed into law in June 2015.

The act created three new offences of:

  • Public Provocation to commit a Terrorist Offence
  • Recruitment for Terrorism
  • Training for Terrorism

At the moment there is no known link between today's arrest and the London Bridge terror attack.

Eight people were murdered when three terrorists ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge before launching a knife attack in Borough Market on the night of June 3.

All three were shot dead by police in a hail of gunfire eight minutes after the first 999 call.

One attacker Rachid Redouane lived in Rathmines in south Dublin as recently as the end of 2016.

It is believed that Redouane was carrying an Irish identity card at the time of the attack.

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