Greek police are investigating the two jihadist terrorist suspects who were arrested in Alexandroupolis on Thursday while trying to cross to Turkey. One of them is believed to be “Maximus,” a man known to European authorities as a possible terrorist.
The men were traveling with Swedish passports. Bosnian Mirsad Bektasevic, aged 29, and Yemeni Al Hasani Amer, aged 20, were arrested on charges of carrying weapons for the Islamic State with their final destination believed to be either Syria or Iraq.
Police arrested the two men at the Alexandroupolis bus station, when they found military knives and a military combat vest in their luggage.
According to police information, the 29-year-old was arrested in Bosnia in 2005, when explosives and a belt with explosives were found in his apartment.
Also, a video was found showing a hooded person heralding hooded terrorist attacks in the U.S.A., the White House and on Capitol Hill.
The hooded man was believed to be Bektasevic. Investigation, however, could not prove that he participated in terrorist attacks. Bektasevic was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Bosnia. He served a part of his sentence and was then released. Shortly after, he went to Sweden where he requested and received political asylum.
The detainees at Alexandroupolis refuse to answer police questions and have been taken to the prosecutor. They haven’t asked for a lawyer either. They insist that they did not want to cross to Turkey or travel to Syria, they have no ties with ISIS and they wanted to visit the village of Peplos as tourists.
The Counter-Terrorism unit of the Hellenic Police and the National Intelligence Service are investigating the route, the final destination and the activities of the two suspects, who were planning to cross from Alexandroupolis to Turkey. Their cell phones and the people with whom they had contact with are under investigation.
Authorities were alerted of the suspects’ presence when they arrived at Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport. From there, both men took a KTEL bus for Thessaloniki and from there they took another bus to Alexandroupolis.
When they booked bus tickets for Tyhero — a village adjacent to the Turkish border — a signal for their arrest was given by European intelligence services.