Romania expels two Tunisians for allegedly supporting IS

Bucharest (IANS) Romanian authorities announced on Friday that two Tunisians were expelled from the country after they were declared undesirable by a Bucharest court for allegedly supporting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

“The measure was taken under the supervision of the General Inspectorate for Immigration,” Prosecutor’s Office with the Bucharest Court of Appeals stated in a press release.

According to the release, the Bucharest Court of Appeals on Wednesday declared undesirable for 10 years the two Tunisian citizens — Jaber Elias and Gharselloui Wassam — for reasons of national security, Xinhua news agency reported.

The two Tunisians were staying in Romania as students but were monitored by Romania’s interior intelligence service SRI since 2014.

They were working on several fellow Muslims to radicalise them with the terrorist organisation’s ideology and to form a group of supporters, SRI spokesman Sorin Sava said on Friday.

It is the second time Romania expelled foreigners due to their links with the IS or Al Qaeda.

In early April, the Bucharest Court declared “undesirable” seven foreign nationals and banned them from Romania for three to six years. They were accused of recruiting members for the IS or Al Qaeda and carrying out “Islamic extremist propaganda” in the eastern European country.

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