Spain Sen­tences 10 Ji­hadists Who Plot­ted At­tacks on Jewish In­sti­tu­tions

Ten mem­bers of ji­hadist cell who planned to attack Jewish in­sti­tu­tions in Spain sen­tenced to 8-12 years in jail

The Jewish Voice - - NATIONAL - By: A7 Staff

Ten mem­bers of a ji­hadist cell linked to the Is­lamic State group (ISIS) who planned to attack Jewish in­sti­tu­tions in Spain were sen­tenced to 8-12 years in jail on Tuesday, AFP re­ported.

The de­fen­dants in­cluded five Moroc­cans, four Spa­niards and a Brazil­ian, the Na­tional Court, which han­dles ter­ror cases, said in a rul­ing.

In ad­di­tion to plan­ning at­tacks in Barcelona, they also plot­ted to film a de­cap­i­ta­tion.

They were "ready to wage an attack against in­sti­tu­tions such as the po­lice, banks or Jewish in­sti­tu­tions in Spain at any time, or to join the ranks of Daesh," it added, us­ing the Ara­bic acro­nym for ISIS.

The cell was based in Ter­rassa, not far from Barcelona, the Cat­alo­nian cap­i­tal.

Last year, an­other ji­hadist group killed 16 peo­ple in at­tacks there and on the nearby pop­u­lar sea­side city of Cam­brils.

The 10, whose cell was called "Is­lamic Fra­ter­nity, Group for preach­ing ji­had," were sen­tenced for "be­long­ing to a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion" the court said.

The three lead­ers of the group were given 12 years in jail while the seven oth­ers got eight years.

In March 2015, the main leader of the cell, a Spa­niard who had con­verted to Is­lam, pro­posed to kid­nap and de­cap­i­tate an "in­fi­del" whom he had al­ready iden­ti­fied, film the killing and then broad­cast the video on­line be­fore flee­ing to Syria.

He had pre­vi­ously pro­posed that the group "com­mit an attack against the Cata­lan par­lia­ment, which no one had ob­jected to," ac­cord­ing to the court rul­ing.

"He also jus­ti­fied de­cap­i­ta­tions and talked about mak­ing hand­made bombs to com­mit at­tacks."

Po­lice found doc­u­ments call­ing for ji­had at his home and books on Euro­pean or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Basque sep­a­ratist group ETA or Ger­many's far-left Red Army Fac­tion, the rul­ing said.

Mem­bers of the cell had also gone on a recce in Barcelona, the Cat­alo­nian cap­i­tal, where they took pho­tos of the train sta­tion, a lux­ury sea­side hotel, a shop­ping mall and a po­lice sta­tion.

One mem­ber went to Syria in April 2014 and died in Fal­lu­jah in Iraq the fol­low­ing year. Three

oth­ers tried to fol­low in his foot­steps at the end of 2014 but were de­tained at the bor­der be­tween Bul­garia and Tur­key.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­te­rior min­istry, close to a third of all arrests for "ji­hadist ter­ror­ism" in Spain were made in Cat­alo­nia last year.

In Septem­ber, Span­ish po­lice broke up a ter­ror­ist cell made up of six pe

In other Euro­pean re­lated news, it was re­ported that Hun­gar­ian Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban eas­ily won a third con­sec­u­tive term on Sunday, cit­ing pre­lim­i­nary re­sults from the coun­try's elec­tion.

Or­ban's Fidesz party was also poised to re­gain its su­per ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment, the re­sults found.

Jewish groups in Hun­gary have some­times ac­cused Or­ban's right-wing gov­ern­ment, in power since 2010, of down­play­ing Hun­gary's role in the Holo­caust dur­ing which some 600,000 Hun­gar­ian Jews per­ished.

In 2015, how­ever, Or­ban ad­mit­ted his coun­try's role in the Holo­caust, say­ing many Hun­gar­i­ans chose "bad in­stead of good" in help­ing de­port Jews to Nazi death camps.

In March 2015, the main leader of the cell, a Spa­niard who had con­verted to Is­lam, pro­posed to kid­nap and de­cap­i­tate an “in­fi­del” whom he had al­ready iden­ti­fied, film the killing and then broad­cast the video on­line be­fore flee­ing to Syria.

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