Público newspaper revealed a year ago that the intelligence agency and
other Spanish security forces had been in contact with the Imam
Abdelbaki Es Satty until the attacks in August 2017, which Telepolis
reported in detail ( Spanish intelligence agency controlled terror cell .
Público has now added and published
that a key statement on Es Satty’s work for Spanish intelligence in the
mountain of investigation files has been hidden by 100,000 pages and
has been ignored by the Public Prosecutor and the Civil Guard. The
newspaper does not consider it to be a coincidence, after all, it was a
main witness, the questioning of which was expressly requested by the
Belgian authorities from Spain.
rather assumes that the statement should remain hidden. It is therefore
not mentioned in a summary of the investigation as part of a request
for legal assistance and it does not appear in the table of contents of a
CD on which it is stored. Neither the judge nor the lawyers knew about
the existence of the statement. And no translation of the statement was
sent to the judge responsible.
is the five-page testimony of Soliman Akaychouh, the director of a
mosque in Diegem near Brussels, where Es Satty wanted to preach.
Akaychouh was questioned just three days after the attacks and in the
statement published by Público stated that Es Satty said she was in
contact with the Spanish secret service over the phone. "He told me that
he spoke to the Spanish secret service, who among other things wanted
to know where he was," said the head of the mosque.
imam was suspicious of the head of the mosque because of his radicalism
and extremism. That is why he contacted the Belgian police. She then
started an inquiry to the Catalan police. However, this did not result
in anything, since the Mossos d'Esquadra, as is known, had not been
informed by the Spanish colleagues about the activities of the
well-known radical Islamist and former drug dealer. As reported by Telepolis ,
the Mossos were also dependent on access to key data and resources at
the Center for Combating Terrorism and Organized Crime (CITCO).
There are still many oddities. There
is the fact that all major parties in the Spanish parliament also
refuse to investigate the imam's involvement with the security forces. Then there is the fact that the surviving members of the terrorist cell are not charged with murder even though they killed 17 people - including a German woman - and were planning huge attacks. They were prevented because part of the force blew up in the bombing the night before.
"We doubt that Ripoll's Imám is dead"
newest and most interesting oddity, however, is that now there are
serious questions as to whether Es Satty, the intelligence agent,
actually blew up when bombing Alcanar, which has always been assumed.
Lawyer Jaume Cuevillas said on Catalan television: "We doubt that the Imám of Ripoll is dead." Cuevillas represents the family of the young Xavier Martínez, who was also murdered during the terrorist voyage on the Ramblas.
found no evidence in the investigation files, such as DNA evidence that
could prove that Es Satty was actually in the house at the time of the
explosion. According to the investigators, four to five terrorists are
said to have been there. However, only remains of two people were found
in the pile of rubble, of whom only one could have been identified.
Witnesses also testified that the imam's car left shortly after the
explosion, which was later found in a neighboring village.
The cell phone of Es Satty was also not found in the pile of rubble. The lawyer reports from the investigation files that the phone was still called four days after the explosion. The
email address that the terror chief used to have contact with the
secret service, as Público had uncovered, was also used after the
explosion. It is also
striking for Cuevillas that no one claimed the body of the imam, but the
imam's niece bought two plane tickets the night after the explosion and
hours before the attack in Barcelona. Because of all of this, the lawyer expressed "justified doubts" that Es Satty is dead.
( Ralf Streck )