Sanction the Axis of Mercenary and Terrorist Evil

Here’s the latest from David Boyajian on the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Artsakh.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev — Credit: Asbarez.com

Sanction the Axis of Mercenary and Terrorist Evil: Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Georgia

by David Boyajian

Azerbaijan deployed thousands of mercenaries in last year’s 44-day war that it and Turkey waged against Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh and Armenia.

Azerbaijan thereby flagrantly violated the UN’s International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries (UNMERC) which it signed in 1997.

Forty-six countries have signed UNMERC, including Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and Poland.

These mercenaries are not clean-cut military men. They’re terrorists, thugs, jihadis, and fanatics.

The Evidence

They include former ISIS commander Sayf Balud, and members of the Hamza Division, Sultan Murad Brigade, Al-Amshat Militia, Free Syrian Army (FSA/SNA), and other factions.

Many were brought into Azerbaijan before the war began on September 27, 2020. Unknown numbers remain there despite the November 9 armistice.

Armenian forces captured two mercenaries who came from Syria’s Hama and Idlib provinces.

The independent UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has confirmed Azerbaijan’s employing mercenaries. In October, it numbered them at over 2,050 with 145 dead.

Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights has named the chief mercenary commanders, such as Fehim Isa of the Sultan Murad Brigade, and their organizations.

Video and audio recordings have identified many of the mercenaries.

Azeri soldiers have forced some of them into battle at gunpoint and lied about the combat conditions. “Haji… don’t come,” warned one mercenary. “We have been deceived… this is a meat grinder.”

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Eritrean Terror Cell Busted in Sweden

Two culture-enriching “Swedes” have been arrested by Swedish authorities for allegedly plotting an Islamic terrorist attack in Addis Ababa.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

The following article (also translated by Gary Fouse) was posted by the online news site Samtiden, which is published by Sverigedemokraterna (the Sweden Democrats).

Two arrested in Sweden for terror plans

February 21, 2021

A 44-year-old with Eritrean citizenship who resides in Gothenburg has been singled out as the “brain” behind a planned terror attack against the embassy in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. 15 have been arrested in Ethiopia and 3 [sic — should be 2] in Sweden.

The 44-year-old is alleged to be the leader of an Iranian terrorist sleeper cell that Iran activated to find a target for a terror attack in Africa. They are alleged to have studied the embassies of the USA and Israel in Addis Ababa but chose the United Arab Emirates. Ethiopia’s security service was able to stop the attack by arresting 15 persons.

Over time, several details about the terror plans leaked out in various countries, including the arrests in Sweden at the end of last year.

“Ethiopia and Sweden cooperated and interrupted the conspiracy,” an American intelligence chief, Rear Admiral Heidi K. Berg, told The New York Times recently.

She also pointed out one of the two men arrested in Sweden and called him the “brain” behind the planned terror attack in Ethiopia. The United Arab Emirates embassy was allegedly chosen based on the countries’ rapprochement with Israel.

Arrested for conspiracy to commit a terrorist crime

Swedish authorities are silent. It will be some time before the preliminary investigation is completed, stated the prosecutor to Kvällsposten.

The 44-year-old is suspected on probable cause of conspiracy to commit a terrorist crime. He denied the crime during arrest proceedings.

Shortly before the 44-year-old was arrested, Security Police raided an apartment in Trelleborg, where another 44-year-old man resides. He was also arrested on probable cause, suspected of conspiracy to commit a terrorist crime during November 2020 in Sweden and abroad.

The man arrested in Trelleborg worked earlier as a bodyguard, he stated in a report. He has worked as a personal assistant in Sweden. He also denies planning a terror attack.

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Och, the Puir Wee ISIS Bairns!

The following article concerns the children of Islamic State terrorists who have returned to Sweden from Syria. Gary Fouse, who translated the piece, says: “Here’s another Hallmark-worthy story from the socialist paradise of Sweden.”

The translated article from Samhällsnytt:

ISIS children back in Sweden — Posed with weapons and severed heads

February 4, 2014

A female ISIS terrorist’s children who returned to Sweden pose with weapons and severed heads in photos taken in Syria. This is reported by SVT.

The now-48-year-old ISIS woman traveled to Syria in 2013 with her five minor children and joined the terror group Islamic State. That same summer her then-husband, according to Bulletin known as “Abu Omar al Kurdi”, was killed in fighting in Syria.

The woman is now back in Sweden and has brought two of her daughters with her, who are now 14 and 3 years old. The daughters have been handed over to social services in accordance with the Care of the Young Act. This comes after a two-week-old judgment from the Administrative Court of Gothenburg, with which Samhällsnytt has been furnished.

According to the judgment, the girls have three brothers who were killed in Syria, and the woman has another two daughters who remain in Idlib in the same country (Syria). Upon arrival in Sweden, the 48-year-old stated that she did not want to come back to Sweden and that she didn’t want to come earlier. “This is in line with the fact that she did not teach her children Swedish, despite the fact that she herself speaks Swedish fluently and has had a Swedish upbringing,” the court writes in its judgment.

The fact that the woman expressed a desire not to return to Sweden, and that two of her daughters are still in Syria, led Swedish authorities to fear that the woman will try to return to Syria and take her two children in Sweden with her if she gets the chance. A circumstance that weighed heavily on the decision to take place the daughters in Sweden into care. “They need to be surrounded by values that are not marked by pro-violence extremism,” the court writes.

According to the judgment, the 14-year-old girl told of “repeated traumatic incidents such as the deaths of her father and three brothers,” in Syria. From a troubling report from police, it is learned that the 14-year-old girl was divorced two years ago when she was only 12 years old. The impression that the child experienced traumatic events is strengthened by private pictures taken of the ISIS-woman’s children in Syria. In the pictures, it is seen how the children posed with weapons and severed heads in the Islamic caliphate.

The 48-year-old woman denies being a pro-violence terrorist. She says she was tricked into going to Syria by her then-husband, and that she was only a housewife who was not allowed to involve herself in the terror group’s activity.

An Italian Mujahid Returns Home to Jail

The following news story concerns an Italian convert to Islam who journeyed to Syria to fight in the jihad. He has now been arrested and brought home to serve his sentence in Italy. One presumes he finds the accommodations in Pescara to be far more congenial than those in a Syrian prison.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Assembly With Menaces

The article below by Michael Copeland was originally published at Liberty GB in February, 2015. It refers to demonstrations after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, the fifth anniversary of which is coming up on January 7.

Assembly With Menaces

by Michael Copeland

A large number of Muslims gathered outside the gates of Downing Street on Sunday February 8, 2015, in a gender-segregated “show of strength”, blocking half of Whitehall for rather too long — some three hours. This was a month after the mass murder by Muslims in Paris of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and of the Jews in the Kosher Hypermarket, and not long after the release of the film of the deliberate burning alive by the Islamic State of a Jordanian pilot, confined in a cage.

Had they come to express sympathy for the victims? Condolences for the next of kin? Solidarity with free speech? Disgust at the barbaric burning? No. Remember, like all similar Muslim events, this event was not in the least spontaneous: this was “organised”, that is, instructed, in the mosques, and at the behest of the Muslim Action Forum. They had come to make an assembly with menaces.

The Muslim Action Forum is lying

The Muslim Action Forum made an announcement, but they were lying. Lying, however, is not only permitted under Islamic law when it is done to non-Muslims in the cause of Islam, it is in some circumstances obligatory. It has an Arabic name: taqiyya. The Muslim Action Forum makes claims that are supposed to be so sweet and reasonable. They are nothing of the sort.

Incitement, hatred and provocation

“We need to move from actions of incitement, hatred and provocation”, say the Muslim Action Forum. Oh yes? Who are “we”? Muslims? How can that be? Islam’s own texts repeatedly include incitement, instruct hatred and commend it, and express provocation.

Incitement


“Kill unbelievers wherever you find them,” incites verse 5 of Koran chapter — “sura” — 9, the Sura At Tawba. This is the one cited by the killer of Lee Rigby. It overrides and “abrogates” all the verses of peace and forgiveness elsewhere in the Koran, because it is later in time sequence. This is the effect of Islam’s doctrine of Abrogation. The doctrine, like the Koran, is part of Islamic Law. The teachings of the Koran are “true, …universal and trans-time,” explains Ahmed Saad, of North London Central Mosque. That verse is straightforward and legally binding incitement.

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We Want the Syrian “Refugees” to Stay!

The following video features an interview with Thierry Baudet, who founded the Dutch party Forum for Democracy (Forum Voor Democratie) and was its leader until he stepped down from his position on November 23 of this year. He is still a member of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the Dutch parliament.

In the interview (which was recorded on November 11, before he resigned) Mr. Baudet discusses the fact that there is a significant faction within the Netherlands that is resisting the repatriation of “refugees” to Syria, even though the fighting there is largely at an end.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Bringing It All Back Home

The German government has chartered a private jet to fly German refugees home from Syria. And these are no ordinary refugees: the returnees are ISIS brides and their offspring. And some of them are actual Germans — converts to Islam, i.e. Islamic State groupies — and not just “Germans”. Check out the names.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from mmnews.de:

Secret operation by private jet: government takes ISIS prisoners back from northern Syria

For the first time, this weekend the federal government is bringing captured German ISIS members from northern Syria back to Germany.

The Federal Foreign Office chartered a plane for the long-planned return transport of three women and their children as well as several orphans from Kurdish camps. According to information from BILD, the three adults are Leonora M. (21) from Sangerhausen, Merve A. (24) from Hamburg and Yasmin A. from Bonn.

The federal government had previously refused to repatriate captured Germans with reference to the political situation in Syria, having only repatriated three orphans and one seriously ill toddler in the summer of 2019. A few weeks later, through American mediation, a German citizen and her children were handed over to the Foreign Office and brought back.

The current repatriation was actively pursued by the federal government and had been planned for a long time, but had been delayed due to the Corona pandemic and negotiations with the Kurdish side. According to information from BILD, there are still around seventy adult Germans in Kurdish captivity, plus 150 children of German parents.

Almost two dozen Germans have fled captivity in northern Syria since last year, and ten of them returned to Germany.

Hat tip: Ned Kelly.

The Unauthorized Use of the Trademark For OSCE Inc.

Long-time readers will remember that for more than a decade Gates of Vienna has reported extensively on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Beginning in 2009, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and Henrik Clausen worked tirelessly to expose the growing Islamization of the organization. They attended OSCE “Human Dimension” conferences in Warsaw and Vienna to make interventions (short presentations) and hold side events. In later years they were joined by other Counterjihad stalwarts, including Alain Wagner, Dave Petteys, Maj. Stephen Coughlin, Clare Lopez, Katie Hopkins, and others.

Last Friday I received the following letter as a PDF attached to an email from the OSCE (sent by Daniel Stirrat, a Legal Assistant in the Office of Legal Affairs). Interestingly, although it arrived here in the afternoon of December 11, well before midnight CET, it is dated December 12:

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Office of Legal Affairs                Vienna, 12 December 2020

To whom it may concern,

It has come to the attention of the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) that there has been unauthorized use of OSCE’s trademark, including the OSCE emblem and name, on your website. For ease of reference, please see the following examples:

Please note that the OSCE’s name in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish, its abbreviation in all those languages and its emblem are the exclusive property of the OSCE, protected under Article 6ter of the 1883 Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (as amended), and were duly registered with the World Intellectual Property Organization on 31 August 2001. As such, they may not be copied, reproduced, displayed, or used without the express prior written permission of the OSCE.

The OSCE has not consented to the use of its trademark on your website. Any engagement on your side in OSCE activities and/or events does not constitute such consent. In light thereof, you are requested to remove the OSCE trademark from your website immediately and refrain from using it in the future without obtaining the prior express written consent of the OSCE.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Stephen Walsh,
Head of the Office of Legal Affairs

Gates of Vienna
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I had not been aware that the OSCE was an industry, and that it was therefore covered by the 1883 Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. To rectify my error, I immediately went through all the OSCE posts and replaced all instances of the OSCE™ logo with the one shown at the top of this post. Then I wrote the following reply to the OSCE:

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Muslim Brotherhood Would Use a Biden Presidency to Advance “Congressional Jihad”

A Biden presidency, however brief it turns out to be, will be a real gift for Islamic zealots. (It’s not yet clear what President Harris’ policies will be vis-à-vis Islam, but one presumes they will be no less accommodating than those of her predecessor.) In the following guest-essay, Ashraf Ramelah discusses the prospects for the Muslim Brotherhood under a Biden administration.

Muslim Brotherhood would use a Biden presidency to advance “Congressional Jihad”

by Dr. Ashraf Ramelah

The 2020 American presidential election will be historically remembered as a unique election. A contested, undecided race is not new, but the media’s hype, backing and declaration for one candidate is unprecedented. Ultimately, the delay caused by the election investigation will be to expose the use of comprehensive fraud within the voting procedures of American elections, past and present. Statements by individuals witnessing voting poll crimes in the form of affidavits are appearing every day.

Once the final verdict is reached and Americans and the world are informed of who will lead the country for the next four years, Americans can do nothing less than demand a permanent fix of the election process. This seems to be a goal of the current administration. This truly is unique.

If anyone thinks a presidential outcome for Biden could occur without empowerment of Islamic radicals, then think again. Take a look at the current fervor in the Middle East over Biden’s premature presidential declaration. The Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) overwhelming enthusiasm for the media’s Democrat “President-elect” is revealed all across the Arabic-speaking media. Certainly they stand to gain by a Biden win and also the reverse; they have much to lose with a Trump win.

Muslim Americans and the Muslim Brotherhood will thrive under Biden

Some world leaders, including the Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Morshed, have already congratulated Joe Biden, the media’s unverified choice for president. The Arabic media reported that the MB issued a “victory” statement while the Deputy Morshed gave the following official statement, “Biden victory proves that the American people can still impose their will.”

Deputy Morshed no doubt refers to media reports of more than one million Muslim-Americans (highest number ever) voting for the Democrat presidential candidate, and gives credit to them for Biden’s success. According to the Al Jazeera and Anadolu agencies, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) promised to deliver Joe Biden these votes. Since the Sharia sheep always follow the wolf, these votes could actually prove to be legal. Brotherhood members form the majority of CAIR’s board of directors. The pro-MB Arabic media are now highlighting how gratified Muslim-Americans are for the Biden “win.”

The Arabic media go on to express satisfaction felt by Muslim-Americans with Biden’s pre-election promise to lift the ban imposed by Trump on citizens of seven Muslim countries, which now prevents them from entering the United States. According to further reports, Muslim-Americans expect Biden to denounce Islamophobia and racism against Muslims in America and around the world.

Meanwhile, Arabic reports show that the enthusiasm of the Muslim Brotherhood, a designated terrorist organization in Egypt, is an all-time high with Biden — perhaps hopeful for another Obama/Biden experience like the one that elevated the MB to power not so long ago with the striking role played by the former American President and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, during the wave of the infamous Arab Spring.

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The Netherlands’ Most Wanted Man is Safe in Turkey

Sait Çınar is a “Dutchman” who ran afoul of the law in the Netherlands for some unspecified reason, possibly because he issued threats after the prophet was insulted. Now he’s safe in Turkey, from which haven he can make videos mocking the Dutch government and issuing pronouncements.

Below are two Dutch-language videos made by Sait Çınar in Turkey. Many thanks to C for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

In the first video Mr. Çınar talks at length about his most-wanted status, and exults in the fact that the Dutch government can’t touch him. Note that he seems to be saying that the Turkish government will definitely refuse to extradite him:

In the second video the brave Sait Çınar declares war on the Netherlands, or possibly on the West in general:

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Book Reviews II: The Koran

A year ago Michael Copeland posted his first selection of reviews of the Koran. Below is his second selection.

Book Reviews II: The Koran

Compiled by Michael Copeland

  • “…this indigestible book, whose every page makes healthy human reason quiver.” — Voltaire (1694-1778)
  • “This book is a long conference of God, the angels, and Mahomet, which that false prophet very grossly invented…” — George Sale, Introduction to “The Koran, commonly called the Alcoran of Mohammed”, 1784, belonging to Thomas Jefferson.
  • “The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God.” — John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), 6th President of the United States
  • “…incites violence, disturbs public tranquillity, promotes, on grounds of religion, feelings of enmity, hatred, and ill-will between different religious communities…” — The Writ Application in The High Court at Calcutta
  • “The Koran is not the solution to Islamic radicalism, it is the cause.”Daniel Greenfield
  • “To tell you the truth, I didn’t find anything I liked.”Ashin Wirathu, Buddhist monk activist, Myanmar
  • “…a confusing and tedious book that most people don’t enjoy.”Ali Sina, ex-Muslim
  • “It offers nothing but ignorance.”Apostate Prophet
  • “a unified message of triumphalism, otherworldliness, and religious hatred” — Sam Harris
  • “a clearly-written, us-versus-them hate-crime book, endorsing a permanent might-makes-right death-threat.” — Uncle Vladdi, comment
  • “a pretty tedious screed of exhortations to violence against unbelievers interspersed with an occasional thought on the Last Judgment.” — Kepha, comment
  • “It’s horrendous. Shocking. Disgusting.” — OP, comment
  • “…the worst major religious work of all time, … exceedingly repetitive, stupid, boring, nauseating and disgusting ….” — Wellington, comment Jan 31, 2020 at 6:16 pm

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All Roads Lead to Berlin

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Politikstube:

The traces of the Islamic terror in Vienna lead to Germany

There are currently more than 600 Islamist threats living in Germany. The government’s refugee policy obviously increases the risk of terrorism in Germany!

According to information from the ARD capital studio, residential and business premises of several alleged Islamists in Germany are currently being searched. The background to this is the investigation by the federal prosecutor’s office as a result of the Islamist-motivated terrorist attack in Vienna on Monday evening.

A search has been carried out on contacts of the 20-year-old Vienna assassin in the Islamist scene in Germany. As the Federal Prosecutor’s Office announced, there are a total of four non-suspect people in Pinneberg, Kassel and Osnabrück. The assassin is said to have met two of them in Vienna in July 2020, and there was contact with a third person via the Internet. There was no direct contact with the fourth person, only indirect contact via the Internet.

In the attack on Monday evening in downtown Vienna, four people were killed and more than 20 were wounded, some seriously. The assassin himself was shot dead by the police. The 20-year-old Kujtim F. with Austrian and North Macedonian citizenship tried to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq in 2018. However, the attempt failed. He was arrested in Turkey and sentenced after being transferred to Austria.

As reported by several media outlets, he is said to have lived under the same roof for several days during the stopover in Turkey with two German Islamists who also wanted to join ISIS. It is unclear whether these contacts were relevant in any way. At least the people who are being searched today are supposed to be other contacts, the ARD capital city studio learned from security circles.

Goodbye, America. It Was Good to Know You.

The following essay by Henrik Clausen has been translated by the author from the Danish version, which was published earlier today by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Goodbye, America. It was good to know you.

by Henrik Clausen

I grew up with America and lots of good things coming from there. An America with a constitution written by fine people, an America with movies and stories about the Wild West, an America that saved us from the atrocities of the National Socialists. I recall watching the lunar landings on my grandparents’ television, and listened to Doors, Hendrix and Janis Joplin coming out of the old tube radio.

Back in the 1970s, America’s global influence was as remarkable as it is today. The US was entangled in a strange war in Vietnam, with painful accounts of war in the jungle and civilian suffering reaching us. I rejoiced when President Nixon showed that the threat from China was not really that great and that the United States could pull out. OK, so the Chinese had a communist regime. With good alliances with Japan, Korea, etc., the threat was manageable.

Together with my parents, I had the extraordinary experience of living in Iran in the late 1970s, “an island of stability” in the chaotic Middle East. The close ties between Iran and the United States guaranteed stability and the rapid development of the country. However, that lasted only until President Jimmy Carter, under the pretext of ‘human rights’, let down Emperor Pahlavi and opened the gates of revolution for a brutal Islamic regime. A regime that poses a security problem even up to today.

I followed the changes in the 1980s, when a proud and confident President Reagan pulled the United States out of inflation and decay. Reagan had campaigned on the economy as his main issue, but soon realized that the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union was severe, and had to be dealt with. In particular, I recall the Reykjavik Summit in 1986 and praying intensely that they would find a solution to the nuclear tensions. It did not happen there, but a few years later the threat disappeared with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

But darker sides of American foreign policy also emerged. US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger tolerated Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus, where a third of the island is still occupied. President Carter politicized the Olympic Games after his security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski provoked the Soviet Union to send its army into Afghanistan. And President Clinton kept his election promise to bomb Serbia, even though Serbia constituted no threat to the United States.

All of that paled, however, on September 11th 2001, when Islamists attacked America. It was without question that we would stand with America to eliminate the efforts of Islamists trying to spread Islam and Sharia. Here in Denmark, we did our part. Not only with practical military support on dangerous missions, but also by way of art and humor. Danish artists entered the fray for freedom of expression, and despite a massive diplomatic crisis, we stood our ground in our right to mock and ridicule what we find deserving.

Like many others, I used to consume large amounts of American culture. The carefully crafted Disney movies provided unforgettable cinema experiences. The Little House on the Prairie books were devoured quickly, spending only a few days on each volume. Later, I marveled at the subtle family drama of The Godfather, absorbed “Thirteen Days” (about the Cuba crisis) and JFK (the John F. Kennedy), and many other important movies. Even today, driving down an open highway, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bruce Springsteen move me to tears.

But these days the United States is in serious trouble. The country has fallen into the trap called the “Triffin Dilemma”: Having the dollar as the global reserve currency requires massive trade deficits, and has led to decades of shrinking manufacturing in the US proper, all while finance and services have been expanding disproportionately. It is my personal suspicion that the unrest that has shocked the United States this year may be due more to poor living conditions, not the ‘racism’ alleged by leftist political leaders.

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Terrorism Trial in Portugal

A trial is underway in Portugal involving alleged operatives for the Islamic State. One of the interesting things about this story is that most of the conspirators seem to have ethnic Portuguese names.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the Portuguese daily Público:

Alleged jihadist denies involvement with DAESH (ISIS), but can’t explain compromising telephone calls with his brother

Cassimo Ture admitted that his brother, Sadjo Ture, gave him a book the day he was arrested in England, and at his request went to pick up a man at the Lisbon airport, but denies belonging to a terrorist organization. The defense attorney says that his client is only being accused because the brother was investigated in the United Kingdom.

by Sonia Trigueirao
October 26, 2020

Cassimo Ture — who is on trial, together with Romulo Costa, for, allegedly, participating in a terrorist cell with six other Portuguese citizens) accused of belonging to Daesh (ISIS), and joining forces, recruiting, and financing the terrorist organization, supporting the travel of Portuguese and British citizens to Syria to fight on the side of the jihadists — denies the accusations against him, but he cannot explain the content of some compromising telephone calls with his brother, Sadjo Ture, and the favors he did for him.

“My only organization is my family, and it is for this that I fought,” he said, denying ever taking part in any terrorist organization, as he is charged in the indictment. Cassimo Ture, who only decided to speak at the end of the trial — the final arguments are already scheduled for November 9 — explained that his concern was to bring a woman from Guinea to Portugal, deal with her nationality, and then take her to London, where she currently lives with two of her children.

“I deny the charges; I never belonged to any terrorist organization; I never adhered to that cause; I am Muslim and I frequent religious locations, but I never had anything to do with this,” he stated before the panel of judges.

As for the other accused, Celso, Edgar, and Romulo Costa, the accused (Ture) said that he knew them from the neighborhood where they grew up and studied, in Massama, only when they were young, denying having contact with them as adults.

As for his brother, Sadjo Ture, who, together with Celso da Costa, was suspected in the UK of kidnapping two journalists, John Cantlie and Jeroen Oerlemens, in July 2012, on the Turkish-Syrian border, he said that he never suspected that it could be connected to terrorist activities.

According to the indictment, Sadjo Ture forged qualification certificates in order to register students into British universities and receive social assistance in that country. Since that was all done on the Internet, the social assistance was transacted via codes, then sent to the email addresses of the students, who in reality didn’t exist, which allowed any person to pick up the money.

Sadjo Ture then sent the money to Cassimo, who distributed it to the other members of the group, such as Celso Costa and Edgar Costa. The brother of Cassimo had a book where he kept all the email records that he used, and the respective codes, in order to access the social assistance support. The book was found by the Judicial Police during searches at the home of the parents of Romulo Costa.

Cassimo Ture admitted that his brother gave him the book when the two were at the airport in London, and the police detained Sadjo. “He said that he would tell me later to whom to deliver it,” he told the judge, noting that he never opened the book to see what was in it, and that, also at that time, he didn’t know why his brother was being arrested. An explanation that did not convince the judge, who asked him if he weren’t curious to know. “I asked, but he said that they were his things. My brother was very reserved,” he said, admitting that Sadjo had sent him money several times, but that it was to help himself and his parents. “I never delivered money to anyone,” he swore.

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