Guardia Civil arrest individual of Moroccan nationality in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, accused on glorifying terrorism

Officers from the Intelligence Headquarters of the Guardia Civil, from the Intelligence Unit in the Canary Islands and the Command Centre in Las Palmas, under the instruction of Central Investigation Court Number 4 and the Public Prosecutor's Office of the National High Court, arrested a Moroccan citizen, A.Z., 30 years of age, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria), accused of the offence of glorifying terrorism.

Ministerio del Interior/Archivo

Ministerio del Interior/Archivo

During the investigation, the Guardia Civil observed how the detainee used an account under a different name on a well-known social network to spread propaganda material of various Jihadi groups, supporting both the spread of the ideology and the carrying out of terrorist actions in conflict zones.

The publication on social media both of the statement of its leaders and the terrorist actions carried out is of vital importance for the expansion strategy of DAESH and the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh Al Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra.

The analysis of the electronic devices used by the detainee to access and publish information on social media will allow those in charge of the investigation to determine whether this was a self-radicalisation process or whether the detainee had contacts in a broader structure, his involvement and whether other individuals located in Spain formed part of this structure.

The Internet and the social media continue to play a leading role in the spread of Jihadi ideology and in recruiting new followers by terrorist groups, constituting the first step in the process of radicalisation and recruitment of sympathisers which, on occasions, have become members of terrorist groups abroad or have carried out terrorist actions as lone wolves.

Since 2015, the year in which the Ministry of Home Affairs raised the Counter-Terrorism Alert Level to level 4 (Spanish acronym: NAA-4), the law enforcement agencies have arrested a total of 182 Jihadist terrorists.

The Ministry of Home Affairs sends out a reminder that, through the initiative STOP RADICALISMOS, citizens can collaborate through a series of channels open to them so that, in a confidential and secure manner, they can notify the State law enforcement agencies of possible cases of radicalisation in their vicinity through the web page, the mobile phone app for citizens security alerts Alertcops and the free hotline 900 822 066.