Court orders extradition of terrorism suspects from Bulgaria to Spain

The district court in the Bulgarian town of Haskovo has ordered the extradition to Spain of three men allegedly involved in an organised Islamic terrorist group, it was announced on January 5 2015.

The three were taken into custody at the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey on December 15 2014.

Two, Tafik Malhoch (24) and Mohammed El Gabro (27) were travelling on Moroccan passports and the third, Kaikan Le Point – Ribeiro Guimarães(18) was using a Brazilian passport.

It is alleged that the group intended travelling to Syria. Spain issued an international arrest warrant for them via Interpol because of allegations that the group had been involved in recruiting fighters for the so-called “Islamic State” group.

Earlier reports in the Bulgarian media said that the three denied wrongdoing. Guimarães was quoted as saying that the group had been on a holiday excursion, intending travelling no further than Istanbul.

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