Thursday, May 26

The National Court acquits seven accused of sending weapons for Daesh

Facade of the National Court.

Facade of the National Court.

The National audience has acquitted seven accused of being part of a network to send money, weapons and explosives to terrorist organizations such as the Daesh in Syria and Iraq when considering that none of the accusations that were directed against them “has obtained support” in the evidence provided in the trial.

His arrest, in February 2016, was product of a police operation deployed in the provinces of Alicante and Valencia, and in the autonomous city of Ceuta, and led to the entry into provisional prison of the seven for crimes such as belonging to and organizing a terrorist organization.

In the final stretch of the trial, in which all denied having sent or collaborated in the shipment of weapons camouflaged in used clothing containers, the Prosecutor’s Office slightly lowered some conviction requests to claim sentences of between 8 and 26 years in prison.

In its sentence, the first section of the Criminal Chamber does not see evidence that the main defendant, Ammer T., “had dispatched other goods that were not clothes, shoes and toys” or that the destination was terrorist organizations such as Daesh or Jabhat Al Nusra.

The court considers it proven that this defendant, a Dutch nationalized Syrian citizen, settled in Spain in 2013 and was dedicated to the sale and import and export of used clothing or other products such as toys or baby carriages, which bought from suppliers in several European countries and shipped in the national market (from Alicante to Ceuta) or in foreign markets such as Turkey, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Angola.

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When the merchandise went to countries in the Middle East, the transport was planned by sea from the port of Valencia to one of the Turkish cargo ports in the Mediterranean, Mersin or Iskenderun, and some shipments were also destined for their relatives in the north. from Syria, where he traveled frequently to visit his parents.

But the court denies that it has been proven that this defendant had ties to terrorist organizations or that he had sent them military uniforms, weapons or money “to support or finance their militias.”

The Chamber is critical of the analysis of the telephone conversations of the police reports; considers that they are “plagued with inferences that violate elementary rules of logic” and that “translation errors” have led researchers to “make non-rational value judgments.”

Of those communications, he says, it cannot be inferred “nor the existence of a terrorist organization” nor that the recipients of the shipments are Daesh or Jabhat al Nusra, and remember that there are conversations that are not in the cause.

It also explains that different investigations opened by the antiterrorist services of countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Austria or France had a result “contrary” and even “incompatible” with the accusing hypothesis.

The sentence mentions some records or the intervention of a container in the port of Valencia, although it affirms that it did not contain uniforms, but “loose clothing”, used and of “poor quality”, that “did not travel hidden” and “their destination It was not Syria “, and maintains that there is no” evidence “, not even” a photograph “, that a hand grenade was found there.

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Definitely, he does not see “any element” to confirm that the defendants supported terrorist organizations.

Although a weapon was found in his home, its age (more than one hundred years) and poor conservation, the lack of ammunition and its storage in a storage room attached to the house lead the court to conclude that there is no “special danger” necessary for there is a crime of possession of firearms.

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