Eurojust co-ordinates Islamist terrorism arrests


In a case of the financing of Islamist terrorism, Eurojust facilitated the investigation, synchronised the execution of European Arrest Warrants,
and was actively involved in the co-ordination of the police operations
in three Member States.
On 11 May, five alleged key organisers were arrested as a result of judicial investigations and police operations. The investigation started in 2007 in Italy into the activities of an organised criminal group active in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Romania, Albania, and Italy. The group had its headquarters in Rome and Milan, and was involved in illegal immigration and drug trafficking for the purpose of financing Islamist terrorism.
The group trafficked Afghani and Pakistani nationals with counterfeit documentation via Iran, Turkey and Greece to Italy. After arrival in Italy, the victims were put in trucks bound for Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the UK, and Norway.
Eurojust facilitated the co-operation of the judicial authorities at every stage of the operation. It helped with the execution of the Italian EAWs in different Member States, and co-ordinated the final and very difficult synchronised arrest phase.
All five targets were arrested simultaneously; two in Italy, two in the UK, and one in France. Some house searches are still ongoing. In a related operation some days ago, French authorities arrested another six members of the same organisation.
After the successful operation, Mr Francesco Lo Voi, National Member for Italy, commented:
“This is another successful activity of Eurojust which shows, once more, its operational skills in facilitating co-ordination of investigations and prosecutions; we all remain fully committed to helping national judicial and police authorities in combating every form of serious crime and we look forward to achieving similar results in other important cases.””