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Ireland’s ‘ISIS recruiter’ faces death in his home country

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Our man quizzes the alleged ISIS recruiter
Our man quizzes the alleged ISIS recruiter

AN ALLEGED ISIS recruiter deported from Ireland to Jordan this week was arrested on his arrival in Amman and is now locked up in a prison in the city – his legal team have confirmed.

The heavyweight terror suspect was arrested on Tuesday after being invited to an immigration meeting, where Garda were waiting for him.

He was kept overnight in Cloverhill Prison before being escorted by Gardaí to Dublin Airport on Wednesday afternoon and flown to Amman in a chartered aircraft.

A spokesperson for Kevin R Winters solicitors confirmed to the Sunday World that Jordanian police were waiting on the ground in advance of the flight’s arrival.

As the Jordanian national stepped off the plane, he was taken into custody on a warrant over an offence dating from the 1990s and taken to a prison in Amman.

The spokesperson for the legal firm confirmed the Jordanian has family members in the city who are attempting to establish contact with him.

The spokesperson added the Jordanian’s legal team now have serious concerns their client will be subjected to ill treatment, torture and or murder while in custody in Jordan.

“If the Irish State had any credible or legally obtained evidence that our client committed an offence in this country, then he should have been charged with these offences and given a fair trial here,” the spokesperson said.

“The State failed to present any evidence in relation to the allegations being made. He has now been sent to a state where he will likely face ill-treatment, torture or death. This is a worrying precedent being set by the Irish State.”

The Jordanian national, who cannot be named by order of the court, had a number of aliases and lived in Dublin since 2000. During the High Court battle against his deportation, the State alleged he was the “foremost organiser and facilitator of travel by extremists prepared to undertake violent action” on behalf of Isis and its “main recruiter” in Ireland.

The man denied he had consulted with senior violent extremist leaders outside Ireland, represented a threat to national security or recruited members for Islamic extremist groups.

He claims he was tortured in Jordan during the 1990s due to his political activities and faced being tortured if returned there.

Confronted by the Sunday World in November of last year, the tubby terror suspect also denied Garda claims he was the terror organisation’s foremost recruiter in Ireland.

“Do you have any connection to any illegal organisations?” We asked.

“No,” came the response.

“What about Al Qaeda? ISIS?”

Laughing off the question he responded: “Thank you for coming!”

His arrest on Tuesday occurred less than 24 hours after the High Court refused to allow him leave to appeal his deportation.

The previous day Mr Justice Richard Humphreys, who last month dismissed the man’s actions aimed at preventing his deportation, refused to allow him bring an appeal before the Court of Appeal.

The ISIS suspect lived here since 2000, on the basis of having an Irish citizen child.

Last year, the authorities decided not to renew his residency permit because the child had not been residing in the State and was living with his mother elsewhere.

After being told the State wanted to deport him, the man sought asylum here.

In his judgment last month Mr Justice Humphreys said this was not a case where a person who had previously been tortured was being deported to face further torture.

Rather it was a case where the man had failed to persuade the Minister “either of the veracity of his account of previous ill treatment or of a real risk of future ill treatment”.