Friday, March 30, 2018

Another Car Attack by Lone Wolf (Italy)

Othman Jridi, an Algerian who was deported from France, wound up in Pompeii, where he drove his car into stone barriers protecting the sanctuary church of Pompeii. There were many pedestrians present, but fortunately, nobody was injured. In a case of quick justice, he has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison. The defendant, who was shouting, "Allahu Akbar" at the moment of attack, admitted he was committing an act of jihad. Translation into English by Fousesquawk.

Algerian plows his car at Sanctuary (Church) of Pompeii. "I did it in the name of Allah"

Under investigation for terrorism, he  crashed against the barriers put up in defense of the church. To the audience, he recited a litany in Arabic. The man is 22 years old, expelled from France and from the police HQs in Cagliari, but he was still in our country.

He proceeded in the wrong direction on via Bartolo Longo, crowded with pedestrians, then he crashed against the cement flower pots laid out to protect the basilica of Pompeii from terrorist attacks. Othman Jridi, Algerian, (22) arrived in Italy after being expelled from  France, expelled again by the police hqs in Cagliari, but remained in our country and was was caught by the urban po0lice after a brief flight. The presiding judge of Torre Annunziata, Fernanda Iannone-international terrorism expert and author of a dissertation on  foreign terrorist fighters- not only validated the arrest, but receiving the request from  the prosecuting magistrate, also ordered precautionary custody in prison. For the crimes charged (auto theft and false declarations to a  public official), the Algerian has been processed in a direct hearing: The lawyer who is assisting him, Enrica Visconti,  requested the abbreviation, and therefore in the face of a request of four years and one month on the part of the prosecuting magistrate, Jridi was sentenced to two and a half years, a penalty very severe, however, in respect to the light litigation by the accused. The files have been sent to the anti-terrorism pool of the prosecutor of Naples for the necessary intelligence.

Extreme Danger

The defendant could have obtained house arrest ( The law provides for lower sentences at three years.), but the judge decided differently. Too many elements were given as evidence against him. All in all, argued the magistrate, it is necessary to  realize  (the extreme danger of the actions of the defendant,  and for the manner (attack upon a pedestrian zone, a square normally frequented by hundreds of persons, as well as the thousands of pilgrims in festival days), the location (a square in front of the sanctuary of the Madonna of Pompeii) the personality (subject of Algerian nationality, illegally in Italian territory, expelled from French territory), the psychological-physical condition of the person ( who had consumed  by his own admission drug and psychotropic substances) which provoke episodes of terrorist attacks. Not only that: The young Algerian in the course of the hearing asserted that he was not in a condition to know why he had done that act if not to feel closer to Allah, which would have been made easier by taking a drug.

The Objective

In addition, the defendant in the course of the hearing continually made labial sounds and recited an Arabic litany in the name of Allah. "There is the concrete and present danger that the defendant will commit other crimes of (this) kind", and therefore it is necessary to apply the measure of precautionary custody in prison not forcing the State to presume that he will abstain  from crime in the future, since, for the State. it is the only suitable measure  to confront  precautionary need.; such measure appears also proportionate to the gravity of the acts committed and to applicable sanctions in a case of this kind. The judge, therefore, stressed the presence of the indicated elements of the lone wolf profile (Drugged, in prayer, exalted, in a religious zone in a period of religious festival), that he had traveled many kilometers to reach an unmistakable object. But what leans toward detention in prison was also the fact that after having lied  about his identity to the Carabinieri, brought into the case by the Urban Police, Jridi continued to lie  about his address. He gave that of a fellow Algerian and when he arrived at the location, accompanied by the military, he whispered in Arabic, "Say that I live here, if you don't they will arrest me".  The resources to investigate this deeper, the anti-terrorism pool of the Naples prosecutor has in abundance.

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