Sometimes the decisions of the judges frustrate counterterrorism. It may seem paradoxical or even blasphemous, but unfortunately some facts are incontrovertible, enshrined in sentences. Judges who are too zealous in wasting time on trivial matters and who are victims themselves of still unclear laws on international terrorism, have set free people who are connected to the galaxy of jihadism one way or another, people who had been identified and arrested by Prevention Police and ROS.
The first case worth remembering is that of Giuliano Ibrahim Dlnevo, the first Italian-born foreign fighter who died in Syria after having joined Isis. Delnevo was arrested by the Italian Digos because he was suspected of having entered into contact with the terrorists of the Caliphate, but the judiciary did not detect any reasons for hazards and let him go. Then, the young man departed from Genoa and reached Syria, where he unfortunately died.
Even earlier, a detailed anti-terrorism action of the State Police had blocked in the port of Bari Bassam Ayachi, 61, the imam of the mosque of Molenbeek, a district of Brussels that has become famous today for the European enclave of the Caliphate. The man was traveling with his 6-year-old son called after the leader of the September 11 attackers, Mohammed Atta and was transporting illegal immigrants who were hidden in the false bottom his camper. Together with Ayachi there was the French electronics engineer Gendrom who later died in Syria while fighting for Isis. Documents, pen drives and DVD’s with training courses on weapons and explosives, but f most importantly, there were interceptions in which they talked about carrying out an attack at the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris – all these things were evidence of their involvement in the network of jihadist terror. It was 2008 and the two men from Syria were reported by international police forces as Al Qaeda affiliates. Digos investigations allowed to discover the flow of money, several chats where the jihad was being discussed. The Iman Ayachi and Gendrom were sentenced at first instance, but they were acquitted on appeal and in the Supreme Court. Meanwhile Gedrom went back to Syria where he was killed in fight, while the imam went back to Belgium and continued to recruit and mentor new terrorists.
A few months ago, some people arrested in Bologna for being connected to Isis were released by the magistrate and only some of them were expulsed from the country. Another scandalous decision was the on the 17 people arrested by ROS in South Tyrol in November last year. Military men have identified with the help of Eurojust, a neighboring Isis cell connected to Mullah Krekar. The man had been imprisoned in Norway for a long time and is an old acquaintance of counterterrorism. He is considered to have been connected to Bin Laden and at present is thought to be close to the Caliphate. Kurds and Kosovars residing in Italy and other European countries had established a network to recruit new fighters and plan attacks. They were set free because according to the judges “the gathered evidence was insufficient.” Thus, all of them are free and we risk to hear about them as the protagonists of some new massacre.
All those things reveal our need for greater coordination and especially for an idea of the threat and of the related offense that shows more consideration for clues and suspects. As it happens to eradicate Brigades and black terrorism. Praising the jihad is no longer the expression of freedom of opinion, but the harbinger of a terrorist act. In the years of Brigades and black terrorism, the supporters shared the fate of the operative militants. Today we have to apply the same principle to Isis and jihadism sympathizers.