Here’s some information on the new suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack:
Anis Amri, 23, from Tataouine, Tunisia left his home seven years ago according to his father and travelled to Europe as an illegal immigrant.
Amri, who has a €100,000 reward on his head, spent four years in an Italian jail and according to his father moved to Germany last year.
Since his arrival in Germany, Amri was arrested at least three times and was due to be deported.
What was this man doing anywhere on earth outside a prison?
Despite being an ISIS supporter known to have received weapons training, German authorities allowed Anis Amri to slip through their clutches time after time.
It is understood, Amri has used at least six different names under three different nationalities.
The 23-year-old even tried to recruit an accomplice for a terror plot – and again the authorities knew about it – but still he remained at large, it has emerged.
This is the sort of history we see time and again with these ISIS-inspired (or even at times ISIS trained and affiliated) so-called “known wolves” (a pun on “lone wolves”). Moreover:
He arrived in Germany in July 2015 and was given a hearing by immigration authorities in April this year. He was denied the right to asylum and was due to be deported before the end of the year.
But under a peculiarity of the German asylum system he was granted a ‘Duldung’ or toleration papers allowing him to stay for unknown reasons.
That sort of thing is, in a nutshell, why the people of Europe are joining the people of the US in demanding change in the suicidal policies of so many Western nations.
Amri was put on a danger list shortly after arriving – a move which meant authorities considered him prone to extreme violence. Yet just how much surveillance he was under remains unclear.
In July this year he got into a knife fight over drugs and was charged with GBH. But he went underground before getting to court.
Yet he surfaced again in August in Ludwigsburg when he was arrested for possessing a fake Italian document. Again, why he was allowed to slip through the fingers of the security services, given his known affiliation to hate preachers, is unclear.
One reads the article with mounting horror and rage. This guy was a terrorist attack waiting to happen, and authorities would be considered to have been almost comically inept at preventing it if the outcome weren’t so hideously and horrifically tragic:
He is known to have attended hate sermons by Abu Walaa in Hildesheimn, a recruiter for ISIS who now sits in jail on remand after being arrested last month for radicalising young men for the terror group.
Apparently Walaa wanted to send him to Syria. But he did not want to, preferring instead to formulate plans for an attack in Germany.
Another investigator said: ‘Supposedly the evidence was not strong enough to arrest him.’…
Amri…is believed to have entered Europe through Italy with Syrian refugees.
He is believed to have had a criminal record in Tunisia, having carried out violent car robberies. Tunisian police are now said to be speaking to his family.
And here’s the capper:
Despite an unfolding international manhunt the first pictures of him released in Germany have his eyes deliberately covered, thought to be because of strict privacy laws there. MailOnline has uncovered unblurred images.
The Daily Mail article from which this is all taken is a long one with many photos and much information, worth reading the whole thing to get an idea of the state of German law enforcement on terrorist matters. That state appears to be abysmal one, with the country locked into an ordinary business-as-usual application of the domestic criminal justice system. It’s not working, and it’s widespread across Europe and this country as well.
[NOTE: The suspect was identified from some ID papers found underneath the seat in the truck. I suppose it is possible that this was a purposefully false lead, planted there by the real perpetrator. However, Amri’s history certainly indicates that he is a likely perpetrator.]