It’s only been three days since the arrest of the Maroccan and Tunisia has already presented Italy with a warrant for the extradition of the Moroccan Abdel Majid’s Touil. “The Tunisian authorities have asked for his extradition,” confirmed a spokesman on behalf of the Tunisian Interior Ministry, adding that the young man is charged with having provided “logistical support” to the commando that conducted the attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis, last March. Tunis has issued international arrest warrants for an Algerian and another Moroccan too.
“Why am I here? I don’t understand, I didn’t do anything.” Abdel Majid Touil daid from prison, the Moroccan who was arrested three days ago by the Italian police on behalf of Tunisia for the attack on the Bardo Museum. “I am innocent, I’ve done nothing, I can’t explain how this error could have happened. Since I arrived in February, I’ve always been here in Italy, “said the 22-year-old Moroccan in the Court hearing for his extradition.
Silvia Fiorentino, the youth’s lawyer, has pointed out that Touil is “tried and frightened” and consistent with his condition of “innocent convict, is well.” At Friday’s hearing, the Moroccan has denied his consent to being handed over to Tunisian authorities. Tunis now has 40 days to submit a formal extradition request to Italy with relative acts.
Touil is wanted because accused of allegedly been involved with the attack of 18th March at the Bardo Museum, Tunisia has therefore issued an international warrant of arrest. Three days ago, came the arrest on Italian soil, but after listening to the testimonies of friends, relatives and teachers of an Italian course that the Moroccan was attending, the magistrate has claimed that the youth was in Italy at the time of the attack.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati