The Government of Gibraltar has issued an official statement on Thursday stating that the terrorist Yasin Kanzaof Moroccan nationality, was arrested in 2019 on its territory and expelled after three days. On the other hand, in Spain he had already been pending expulsion for seven months. The note states that the Gibraltar Contingency Council “can confirm that the person arrested last night by the Spanish authorities” in Algeciras, that is, the alleged jihadist who killed a sacristan and seriously wounded another priest, “he had also been detained by the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) on 2 August 2019 when, together with other people”, when “he disembarked on a jet ski without the necessary documentation”.
As explained by the Government of Fabian Picardo, Kanza “appeared in court on August 5, 2019 and he was deported on August 8, 2019 after having spent the entire time in custody”, that is, just three days later. He also specifies the statement that “the other three immigrants were similarly deported in August 2019.”. Instead, his stay on Spanish soil has been longer. And this despite the fact that since last June his deportation was pending as he was in an irregular situation, as has been recognized by the Ministry of the Interior itself, which directs Fernando Grande-Marlaska.
Sources from the Marlaska department also reported that Kanza had resided in Spain since 2019, although they have not yet detailed how he entered Spanish soil. Regarding the expulsion file, they do point out that since it is an administrative procedure with all the guarantees, His execution “is not immediate”.
Through the aforementioned statement, the Government of Gibraltar informed its citizens that the Contingency Council met this Thursday “to review security issues” after the jihadist attack in Algeciras. In this call, which was chaired by the governor and the chief minister, it was agreed to maintain the threat level to “moderate”being “a terrorist attack possible but not probable” and understanding that “there is no specific threat to Gibraltar.”
However, the Gibraltarian authorities remarked that the Police “are closely following” the development of the events and that the Council “will continue to monitor” possible threats, taking all necessary measures to maintain the safety of the public.
Furthermore, the Government of El Peñón has sent its condolences to the families of the victims of last night’s attack, to the people of Algeciras and to the mayor. Likewise, the main minister, Fabian Picardo, has written in this regard to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Jose Manuel Albaresto the alderman of the city of Algeciras, Joseph Ignatius Landaluceof the PP.
For its part, the formation of Alberto Núñez Feijóo has denounced that the Government of Pedro Sánchez has not contacted “in any area” with the main opposition party to share information about what happened.
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