INTELLIGENCE JUSTICE

SRI: Tunisian citizen declared persona non grata for ten years

The Bucharest Court of Appeal has declared a Tunisian citizen persona non grata for a 10-year period for reasons having to do with his involvement in terrorism-related activities, informs the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).

“The Tunisian citizen B.O. came to Romania in 2008, to be a student of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, where he graduated both the bachelor’s and the master’s courses. Subsequently, B.O. remained legally in Romania, after he married a Romanian citizen, from whom he separated in 2016. In the same year, the suspect caught the attention of SRI, as he was undergoing an accelerated process of Islamic religious radicalization. About at the same time, B.O. was also mentioned to SRI by some of its external partners, as belonging to a ring which supplied financing to the terrorist organization DAESH. Following the informative-operative measures taken, it was established that the person in question carried out such activities that, according to the legal framework applicable in the terrorism field, presented risks and threats to the national security”, reads a release on Wednesday sent to AGERPRES.

According to the abovementioned source, the Tunisian citizen stood up because of his religious radicalization and propagandistic activities in the online environment to the benefit of DAESH, while supporting the supremacy of Islam and instigating to global Jihad.

Moreover, the cooperation with the National System for the Prevention and Countering of Terrorism (SNPCT) confirmed the findings of the external partners of SRI with respect to the involvement of the Tunisian citizen in repeated transactions meant for financially supporting the terrorist organization.

“Upon the proposal of SRI, the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Bucharest Court of Appeal notified the Bucharest Court of Appeal which, in compliance with the provisions of article 86 paragraph 3 of the GEO no. 194/12.12.2002, regarding the regime of foreigners in Romania, took the measure of declaring the person in question as persona non grata, over his involvement in such actions that, according to article 3 item i and “I” of Law no. 51/2001 (republished), represent a threat to the national security. After a decision the Bucharest Court of Appeal in this respect, the foreigner was taken into public custody by the Ministry of Internal Affairs – the General Inspectorate for Immigration, in order to expel him from the national territory. In its capacity as the national authority for preventing and countering terrorism, SRI has among its priorities the mission to prevent any terrorism-related risks and threats, while cooperating to this purpose with the other institutions from the SNPCT, as well as with external partners”, the release also shows.

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