Skip to main content

Spanish judge orders 8 suspected militants be held in prison

By Al Goodman, CNN
updated 11:53 AM EDT, Mon June 24, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The eight were arrested Friday in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta bordering Morocco
  • They are accused of organizing a group to send fighters to Syria
  • At least 12 had been sent, the judge wrote

Madrid (CNN) -- A Spanish judge on Monday ordered eight suspected Islamic militants to remain in prison on preliminary charges alleging membership in a terrorist group, a National Court spokesman told CNN.

The eight, arrested Friday in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Morocco's north coast, organized "a structure based in Spain, with connections in Morocco, Belgium, Turkey and Syria, dedicated to radicalizing, recruiting and sending mujahedeen (fighters) to Syria with the aim of conducting jihad and achieving martyrdom," the judge handling the case, investigating magistrate Ismael Moreno, wrote in a court order viewed by CNN.

The group has connections to the Jabhat al-Nusra front, described as an active al Qaeda group in and around Syria, and to the Iraq Islamic State in Iraq, but "there are increasing references to carrying out jihad at home," the judge warned, referring to potential attacks in Spain.

The suspects sent at least 12 Spanish or Moroccan males, from both Ceuta and Morocco, to fight in Syria, the judge wrote. At least five died in suicide attacks in Syria that caused numerous casualties. One of the males was a minor; it was not immediately clear if he was among those who had died.

Some of the eight suspects intended to go themselves to Syria, the judge added.

The court provided a copy of Moreno's order for continuing confinement for the suspected leader of the eight, identified as Spaniard Karin Abdeselam Mohamed, 39.

A court spokesman, who by custom is not identified, said the judge's orders for the other seven suspects were similar, although they were not made public.

One of the eight also faces preliminary charges of weapons possession. That was not the suspected leader, but the spokesman did not identify which of the remaining suspects faces this preliminary charge.

A CNN phone call and text message to a lawyer thought to be representing the eight was not immediately answered.

The eight appeared, one by one starting Monday morning, in closed-door hearings before the judge at the National Court, which handles terrorism cases, in Madrid.

Spanish police Friday said the group was based in Ceuta and in the nearby Moroccan city of Fnideq. Cueta is an autonomous city of Spain that borders Morocco.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 6:19 PM EST, Fri November 21, 2014
China and likely other countries have the capacity to shut down the U.S. power grid, says the NSA.
updated 8:21 PM EST, Thu November 20, 2014
If it wasn't for a comic's skit, Bill Cosby would still be America's favorite father, says expert.
updated 10:50 AM EST, Fri November 21, 2014
Obama orders the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. immigration in decades, prioritizing the deportation of "felons, not families."
updated 4:06 PM EST, Tue November 18, 2014
Fighters loyal to ISIS are now in control of Derna, a city on Libya's Mediterranean coast.
updated 2:45 PM EST, Wed November 19, 2014
The founder of a U.S. nonprofit that works with returning soldiers is named CNN's Hero of the Year.
updated 8:24 AM EST, Mon November 17, 2014
It's a very big challenge but NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan thinks it can be done.
updated 7:39 PM EST, Sun November 16, 2014
CNN's Atika Shubert explains how the most recent ISIS video differs from the other previous hostage execution videos.
updated 12:38 PM EST, Mon November 17, 2014
A Syrian cleric condemns ISIS and its execution of U.S. hostage Peter Kassig.
updated 12:20 PM EST, Sun November 16, 2014
Volunteer fighters in eastern Ukraine dig down just 800 meters from the front line.
updated 12:29 PM EST, Tue November 18, 2014
TV anchor wears the same suit for a year. Female colleague wears new outfit daily. Who gets criticized?
updated 7:04 AM EST, Fri November 21, 2014
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT