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Arrested Algerian terror suspect held under European Arrest Warrant was working in Dublin as courier

He is believed to be an Islamic terror suspect who has been wanted in Europe for more than 20 years


Tallaght garda station

Tallaght garda station

Tallaght garda station

An Algerian man who is the subject of an European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is due before the High court later today. 

The man, who is aged in his 50s, was arrested by gardaí attached to the Extradition Unit in Garda Headquarters.

He is believed to be an Islamic terror suspect who has been wanted in Europe for more than two decades.

He has been quietly working as a courier in Dublin after he was convicted of terror-related offences in France and sentenced to six years in his absence.

The Algerian national, who was based in the port city of Marseille, fled before he could be locked up for trafficking arms and fake documents, which authorities say was linked to facilitating terrorism.

Hand-picked officers from the Garda’s elite National Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested him and took him into custody over the weekend.

It is understood that he had been living in the Tallaght area under a false name while working as a courier.

He was arrested on the evening of Friday, September 10 following an alert through the Garda PULSE system and SIS II (Schengen Information System) and taken to Tallaght Garda Station.

“The EAW is in existence from the French authorities,” gardai said. “This man appeared before the High Court in Dublin on September 11 and is further remanded to appear before the High Court, Dublin today, September 15.”

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