Muslim Hate of Switzerland
Four Iraqis charged in alleged Swiss ISIS cell
OCT 16, 2015
authorities have charged four Iraqi nationals with planning a terrorist
attack in Europe on behalf of the Islamic State group.
details of the planned attack were sketchy, Switzerland’s attorney
general confirmed on Friday that IS “was to claim responsibility (for)
these plans if successful”.
four Iraqis, ranging in ages from 29 to 34, face charges of
participating in or supporting a criminal organisation and preparing a
terrorist attack. They also are accused of multiple counts of depicting
violence and illegally staying in the country.
the international dimension, various countries are affected by this
case,” authorities said in a statement. “The Office of the Attorney
General is accordingly in contact with the law enforcement authorities
of various states. The cooperation with the US Department of Justice is
cooperation marks the first time that Swiss and US officials have
activated a 2006 treaty that calls for establishing joint investigation
teams in the fight against terrorism.
first arrested three of the four Iraqis, ranging in age from 29 to 34,
in northeastern Switzerland in March and April 2014. They have been in
custody since then. The criminal investigation expanded to include a
fourth Iraqi in July 2015.
is suspected of traveling to Syria to bring radio equipment to IS, the
attorney general’s office said, and of trying to hide his Facebook
connections to a high-ranking IS member.
a Western counterpart intercepted the suspects’ phone calls, the tips
went to the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service, which then alerted the
Federal Criminal Police.
three Iraqis who were initially arrested had allegedly helped about 40
jihadists in Switzerland travel to join IS in the regions it controls
within Syria and Iraq. They also allegedly tried to obtain toxic gas
and explosives to mount attacks.
Swiss investigators have been working on the case with US and other European authorities.
of the four men had joined a predecessor organisation of IS in 2004 and
made contacts in Syria in 2011 with the Syrian branch of IS that
included another one of the suspects, the attorney general’s office
entering Switzerland at the beginning of 2012, he maintained contact
with this group and forged plans for attacks with another accused and a
third party who was to travel to Switzerland from abroad,” the
three accused individuals also aided and abetted smuggling further IS
followers to Europe, assumed coordination tasks, disseminated
propaganda for the actions of the terrorist organisation, gave
instructions and also provided operative advice amongst other things,”
Gadhafi Calls for Jihad Against Switzerland
The Wall Street Journal
FEBRUARY 26, 2010
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi called on Thursday for a "jihad" or armed struggle against Switzerland, which he called an infidel state that was destroying mosques.
"Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against [the Prophet] Muhammad, God and the Koran," Col. Gadhafi said during a meeting in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi to mark the prophet's birthday.
"The masses of Muslims must go to all airports in the Islamic world and prevent any Swiss plane landing, to all harbors and prevent any Swiss ships docking, inspect all shops and markets to stop any Swiss goods being sold," Col. Gadhafi said.
The Swiss Foreign Ministry said it had no comment on Col. Gadhafi's remarks.
The Libyan leader's comments are the latest move in a long-running clash between Switzerland and Libya. In July 2008, Libya detained two Swiss businessmen, after Geneva police arrested Col. Gadhafi's son Hannibal for allegedly beating two servants.
A Libyan court later convicted the two businessmen for violation of residency laws, a charge they denied. Swiss diplomats charged that the move was retaliation for the arrest of Hannibal Gadhafi.
Then, last November, Swiss voters approved a referendum to ban the construction of minarets on mosques. Some analysts in Switzerland said they believed the strong vote in favor of the ban—58% of voters supported the referendum—stemmed in part from resentment in Switzerland over the issue of the businessmen in Libya. Soon after the election, Libya's government-controlled news agency Jana branded the vote "racist."
But while the vote raised the ire of political and religious leaders in the Muslim world, it hasn't generated violence or a backlash against Swiss interests abroad, as the Swiss government had originally feared.
After the vote, Swiss efforts to convince Tripoli to release the men failed, and political observers said Libya's continued refusal to release them was in reaction to the minaret vote. Earlier this week, Libya freed one of the men after a court overturned his conviction on appeal, and he has returned to Switzerland. The other man, Max Göldi, the country head in Libya for Swiss engineering group ABB Ltd., has begun a four-month prison sentence in Libya.
Bern has restricted the granting of Swiss visas to Libyan citizens. That, in turn, has prompted Tripoli to block the entry of some European citizens into Libya. Tripoli has stopped issuing visas to citizens of the Schengen passport-free zone, which includes most of the European Union as well as Switzerland.
On Thursday, Italy said Libya may renege on a deal to help control the flow of undocumented immigrants into the EU because of the visa spat with Switzerland. Libya is often used as a departure point by such immigrants for southern Europe, particularly Italy.
Italy, which has close business links with Libya, has accused Switzerland of misusing the Schengen agreement and taking its members "hostage" by instituting the ban, which had forced other Schengen nations to bar travel by Libyans as well.
Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said the quarrel put the Schengen zone at risk and could further strain relations with Libya. Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf met with EU ministers on Thursday to discuss possible solutions to the travel situation.
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