Swiss national councillor Simonetta Sommaruga has revealed that the problem of asylum seekers arriving into the country with no papers is so extensive the government does not know the true identities of nine out of 10 migrants.
Head of Islamic State Terror Cell Was Approached By Swiss Government to Work With Migrants
The Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office (BA) has claimed that an Iraqi migrant named Osamah M. who was found guilty of heading an Islamic state terror cell in Schaffhausen, Switzerland was approached by authorities to take care of asylum seekers.
Paraplegic Osamah M. was charged by Swiss prosecutors with aiding the Islamic State terror group and plotting a terrorist attack alongside three other Iraqi migrants. While he was sentenced to four years and eight months in March of 2016, he was later released earlier this year after an appeals court found his sentence too harsh, Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten reports.
Now, a new report shows that Osamah M. was approached to work with newly arrived asylum seekers because authorities at the time believed he had a good grasp of Arabic and German.
Journalist and jihadism expert Kurt Pelda said, “If that had happened, it would probably have been a disaster,” and called Osamah M., “pure Islamic state.”
The Danish Immigration Agency carefully examined the 700 asylum seekers who claimed to come from Kuwait.
By using social media history, mobile data and international cooperation, the authority was able to prove that most of them lied about their background.
All the 634 that have been exposed have had their asylum application rejected during the summer, according to Jyllandsposten. Many of them actually came from Iraq and 300 belonged to the same clan.
The reason why they lied about their identity is – of course – that it is easier to get asylum as a stateless. 82 percent of the stateless asylum seekers were granted asylum in 2016, compared to 13 percent coming from Iraq.
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Swiss police arrest two Tunisians over Marseille attack
The Tunisians, both asylum seekers, were arrested on Sunday in Chiasso, near the Italian border, after an international warrant was issued for their arrests
Swiss police have arrested two Tunisians suspected of links to the fatal stabbing of two young women in the French city of Marseille this month, Swiss media reported.
The Tunisians, both asylum seekers, were arrested on Sunday in Chiasso, near the Italian border, after an international warrant was issued for their arrests over suspected links to Ahmed Hanachi, who killed two women in Marseille on October 1, Swiss news agency ATS and several other media reported.