Cala Ratjada resident accused of being a member of Al-Qaeda

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A CUBAN citizen was arrested in Cala Ratjada (Capdepera) accused of being a member of terrorist group Al Qaeda.

During a search of his home on Calle Ca Na Serreta several laptops, external hard drives, USB sticks and SD cards were seized and are currently being examined. The detainee was taken by helicopter to the National Court in Madrid for questioning.

Jose Ernesto Feliu Mora, otherwise known as Khalid Siyf Allahu Almaslul, had undergone a process of radicalization in recent years, according to the Ministry of Interior.

Investigations into his Al Qaeda involvement began in 2010 when a ‘suspicious’ email was intercepted in which Jose Ernesto contacted leading Islamic fundamentalists.

He was put under discreet surveillance which saw his messages on the internet becoming increasingly more radical. The accused had apparently accessed several channels that ran up to 1,120 Youtube radical videos, most of which where self-produced.

Jose Ernesto lives with his mother and younger brother and worked in hotels in the area as a waiter or receptionist. In addition to Spanish, he speaks fluent German and offers himself as an English and Arabic language professor on the internet.

He has no previous police record, but was recognised as he had previously taken pictures of police officers explaining that he was a journalist, according to media reports.

By Nicole Hallett
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