3-year sentence for plotting drone terror attack in Camp Nou during Barça v Real Madrid game

Defendant accepts self-indoctrination and self-education conviction in deal with public prosecutor

Stands at FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium
Stands at FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium / Cillian Shields

ACN | @agenciaacn | Madrid

October 24, 2022 04:20 PM

October 24, 2022 04:23 PM

An individual was sentenced to three years behind bars for plotting a drone terror attack in the Catalan capital's Camp Nou stadium during an FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid game.

In a trial at the Spanish National Court, which oversees terrorism charges, Mohammed Yassin Amrani's defense reached an agreement with the public prosecutor finding him guilty and giving him a three-year sentence for the crimes of self-indoctrination and self-education.

According to the prosecutor, Yassin Amrani became radicalized during the pandemic, with the Islamic State advising him to carry out an attack in Barcelona.

He is then reported to have learned how to use drones and became a self-indoctrinated jihadist.

Yet, while the IS mission called for a bomb in Camp Nou during a 'Clásico' match, the prosecutor believes Yassin Amrani would have likely stabbed fans outside the Barça stadium instead.

The prosecutor had originally requested a nine-year sentence, after the Spanish Guardia Civil police force arrested Yassin Amrani in May 2020.

Both parties rejected appealing the verdict.