‘ISIS recruiter’ arrested in Spain described the Paris attacks as ‘an excellent day because his people made Europe tremble’ and had wanted to ‘join the caliphate in Syria’, court hears
- Moroccan immigrant Mohamed Harrak, 26, suspected of recruiting for ISIS
- Arrested in a dawn raid in Majorca and today appeared in court via video
- Judge claimed Harrack wanted to travel to Syria to ‘fight for his community’
- Also said to have been involved in preparation of a terrorist attack in Spain
- Remanded in jail as he poses a flight risk although he’s expected to appeal
An alleged ISIS recruiter has been remanded in jail after appearing in court as it emerged he described the Paris terrorist massacre last November as an ‘excellent day’ and backed the sadists who beheaded British aid worker David Haines.
The judge who sent him to prison also said investigators had uncovered evidence showing Mohamed Harrak, 26, had participated in the preparation of a terrorist attack in Spain.
Carmen Lamela, a judge at Spain’s national criminal court the Audiencia Nacional, said the attack wasn’t completed for ‘reasons alien to Harrack’s wishes.’
He was asked to testify via video link from a court building in the Majorcan capital Palma where he was taken this morning amid tight security.
Revealing in a 13-page written prison order why she was remanding him in jail pending an ongoing probe, Judge Lamela said: ‘Through social media and telephone conversations he said things like his aim was to travel to Syria for fight for his community alongside the mujahideen of the caliphate.
‘After the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 last year, Mohamed Harrak said it was an excellent day because his people had make Europe tremble.’
The prison order also described how he published a sick ISIS propaganda video showing the September 13, 2014 execution of East Yorkshire-born David Haines following his abduction in a Syrian refugee camp.
Harrak commented alongside the video on a fake Facebook profile: ‘If the yankees had stayed where they were and stopped shovelling their s**t everywhere this wouldn’t happen.
‘Even though it might seem bad to some of you, I support them.
‘I might disagree with some actions like decapitating innocent people but as far as everything else goes, I’m in favour of their cause.’
No details were given in the ruling of the uncompleted terrorist act.
As well as publishing pro-ISIS comments and propaganda on fake social media profiles where he deliberately tried to hide his true identity, the prison order said he had also worked recruiting people to join the terror’s groups ranks in Syria.
The judge highlighted how the investigation into Harrak had revealed that in January he had used a mobile phone to access a website containing an ISIS document titled: ‘Security advice for lone wolves and autonomous cells.’
He told disciples last November he had allegedly persuaded to travel with him to Syria to wear western clothes and erase images and archives on their phones and computers that could arouse suspicion before their trip to an ISIS-controlled area starting in Barcelona and passing through Azerbaijan.
Investigators say he had been making plans to join the French Foreign Legion in a bid to improve his military skills after being turned down for the Spanish Army.
He is said to have used three Facebook profiles in addition to one in a fake name in which he showed off his love of guns and his obsession for airsoft, a war game he practiced using a replica of a Heckler & Koch G36 assault rife.
The prison order confirmed 22 grams of cocaine were found at his home he shared with his family in a rundown neighbourhood of Palma during a police raid on Tuesday.
Scales he is thought to have used to weigh out the drug he peddled to make money were discovered inside his locker at a tourist hotel in Santa Ponsa where he worked.
The hotel, the four-star Viva Rey Don Jaime Hotel which is a British favourite, has declined to comment.
The judge indicated in her ruling she was remanding Harrak in jail because he posed a flight risk and his bail could lead to the destruction or alteration of evidence.
Harrak, who protested his innocence at the private hearing, is expected to appeal through his lawyer.