An annual report by Eurojust has shown that Portugal is among the European countries that most request information on suspected terrorists – with Spain, Germany and the UK, being the others.
Despite having a relatively low “subjacent” terrorist threat level, Portugal has been busy this year tracking national jihadists known to be fighting for Islamic State (click here https://www.portugalresident.com/shock-reports-link-portuguese-father-of-four-to-decapitator-jihadi-john), Spanish terrorists (click here https://www.portugalresident.com/galician-terrorist-foiled-at-maia%E2%80%99s-s%C3%A1-carneiro-airport) and the Dutch-Angolan found last year on a runway at Lisbon airport with a knife in his hand, writes Diário de Notícias.
Gima Her Calunga told authorities at the time that he had been at a training camp in Syria – but all the information had to be checked by DCIAP via Eurojust before he could be charged.
He has now been over a year in preventive custody and was finally charged earlier this month with adhesion and support of terrorist organisations and international terrorism, as well as with the attempted attack of a plane, possession of a weapon and trespass.
It was this case, and that involving the Portuguese jihadists active in Syria – now all the subject of international arrest warrants – that made up the bulk of Portugal’s contacts with Eurojust this year, reports DN.