Italy arrests Iraqi asylum seeker for inciting violence
June 19, Rome: Italian Police officials on Monday, arrested a 29-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker for supplying news and materials in support of Islamic State and who said those who do not believe in Islam “should have their throats cut”.
A southern Italian court ordered the man’s arrest for inciting others to break the law and conspiracy to commit international terrorism. The man living in a state-funded shelter in the southern city of Crotone sought to convince other asylum seekers to “perpetrate acts of violence with terrorist objectives”, the
Police said, “The Iraqi – considered violent and inclined toward criminal activity – had celebrated after the recent terrorist attack in Manchester,”. Police recorded telephone conversation between the arrested man and his sister, in which he said he had been called to join the “holy war” but had decided instead to stay in Italy to “redeem the infidels” who “should have their throats cut”.
Police gave no further details and said they would elaborate on the case later in the day.
Almost 200,000 asylum seekers are living in Italian shelters as they wait to hear whether they qualify for international protection.
The Oslo Times International News Network