Anis Amri, the man German authorities have said is a suspect in this week’s terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people and injured 48 others, was reportedly under surveillance previously in an investigation that was opened back in March because of a tip. He was set to be deported — months ago.
The Associated Press reported:
The tip warned that Amri, who was considered a potential threat by authorities in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, might be planning a break-in to finance the purchase of automatic weapons for use in an attack.
Surveillance showed that Amri was involved in drug dealing in a Berlin park and involved in a bar brawl, but no evidence to substantiate the original warning. The observation was called off in September.
Amri, a refugee who this past summer had his request for asylum denied, was supposed to be deported months ago, but because he had multiple identification documents that showed different ages, the process was slowed down, according to Hot Air.
The U.K. Telegraph reported:
The suspect in the Berlin terror attack was supposed to be deported from Germany but could not be, because he had no valid identity document that could be used to prove he was Tunisian, a senior German official has said.
Ralf Jäger, the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, has been speaking about the suspect, who lived in the state for some time…
Mr Jäger said that the suspect had been in Germany since July 2015. His claim for asylum was rejected in June this year but the authorities were unable to deport him as they could not prove his identity.
German authorities requested Tunisia issue him with a new passport or laissez-passer two months ago. Tunisia initially denied that he was Tunisian but document arrived on Wednesday – two days after the attack.
CNN reported that Amri’s identification documents were found in the cabin of the truck that was used in the terrorist attack in Berlin, according to German security officials.
“Before Amri was publicly named, Ralf Jaeger, interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, told reporters the suspect was known to German security services as someone in contact with radical Islamist groups, and had been assessed as posing a risk,” CNN reported.
Leftists have complained that extreme vetting is such a crazy idea, but apparently allowing people into your country that wish to do you harm is really smart…
This has to stop, which means that our leaders need to cut the nonsense and deal with the pressing threat of radical Islam. That means a big dose of common sense is in order.