Spain detains Iraq 'recruiters'

A Spanish High Court judge has remanded in custody seven suspects accused of recruiting fighters to carry out bombings in Iraq.

    One of those held is accused of giving 'radical speeches'

    Judge Fernando Andreu said in a court order on Saturday that the group,

    based in the northeastern Catalan town of Vilanova i la Geltru,

    was based around a mosque.

    Iman Mohamed Samadi gave "radical speeches, particularly at

    Friday prayers, in which he requested prayers for mujahidins,

    or for people who had given their lives for the jihad (holy

    war)".

    Samadi also collected funds at the mosque to support the jihad and t

    he group met privately at the mosque at unusual times of the

    day to avoid being detected, the judge said.

    The seven were among 21 arrested this week who Spanish

    authorities say formed two cells of alleged radical Islamists.

    Recruited bomber

    The group was believed to have recruited an Algerian who killed

    19 Italians and nine Iraqis when he blew himself up in Iraq in

    2003.

    The seven charged were among
    21 arrested this week

    Along with Samadi, others sent to prison pending trial were

    named as Mohamed Mrabet Fahsi, Hassan Mordoude, Mostapha Fawzi

    Ait Oudriss, Mostapha Es Satty, Mounir Mrabet Fahsi and Abdelhak

    Boudina.

    Another man, who was not named, was released but ordered to

    make regular appearances before police.

    The rest of those arrested this week may be charged later on

    Saturday by another judge at Spain's High Court.

    One of them, Omar Nakhcha, is thought to have helped three

    of the suspects in the March 11 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people, escape

    Spain.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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