Suspected terrorist detained by Catalan police

Mossos d'Esquadra have detained a suspected Islamist terrorist from Pakistan in the southern Catalan town of Tortosa, where he lived since last week


August 5, 2010 10:49 PM

The Catalan police, known as the Mossos d'Esquadra, have detained a suspected Islamist terrorist in Tortosa, a town in southern Catalonia. The man, Muhmad Z, who is 41 years old, was detained this Tuesday and is now heading to Madrid under police surveillance, where the judge Fernando Grande-Marlaksa will interrogate him.
CNA has been informed that the man was detained in the police station in Tortosa, where he went to renew his passport. When police officers checked his identity in the system, they found that he was being investigated for terrorism-related offences in Pakistan. Relatives and friends of the man have confirmed that this is the case, adding that that he is not a terrorist. The suspect has a detention order and an extradition request issued by Pakistan.

The man is being searched on suspicion of belonging to internationally organized Islamic terrorists groups, CNA has learned. He will be interrogated on Wednesday 11 August in Madrid and the judge may decide to extradite him to Pakistan, where he is also awaiting trial for similar offenses.