The National Police has arrested a fugitive from Belgian justice in Benahavís, a tourist municipality on the Costa del Sol in Malaga, for his alleged connection with the jihadist attack that shook Belgium on October 16, in which a radical Islamist began shooting with a firearm at passers-by in the heart of Brussels and killed two Swedish citizens who had tried to take refuge in a nearby building. The terrorist followed them, entered the building and ended their lives there.
The man now detained in Malaga, who has an International Detention and Surrender Order issued by the Belgian authorities for crimes of drug trafficking, arms trafficking, money laundering and belonging to criminal organizationhas been placed at the disposal of the Central Investigative Court of Guard this Friday and its owner has decreed his immediate entry into prison.
During the arrest and domicile registration by the National Police, documentation, electronic devices and a significant amount of money have been seized, which investigators are now analyzing with the aim of determining the type of relationship that this subject had with the terrorist who perpetrated the Brussels attack, a 45-year-old Tunisian who was residing illegally in Belgium and who was shot dead by Belgian police in the Schaerbeek neighborhood shortly after carrying out the attack.
The efforts carried out so far within the framework of the investigation lead us to assume that the link between the detainee in Malaga and the terrorist, whom the Belgian authorities were tracking due to his connection with human trafficking and whom they considered a “radical” that could endanger the security of the country, was forged around criminal activities and the world of organized crime.