The Faces of Terror – Chapter 2 – Ripoll’s Imam

The Faces of Terror

Chapter 2

Abdelbaki Es-Satty

I promised in a Twitter thread that I would put more information on my blog about the leader of the Barcelona attacks last month. Well, here we are. And if I thought in the original thread that it was worse than I imagined, it did not get any better. On the contrary, the insanity of the Social Democrats’ stance when it comes to our present predicament is exacerbated in Europe by decades of misguided policies.

To the obvious role played in Barcelona by the irrationality of the independence movement, we must add structural problems in Law Enforcement that tie the hands of those whose job it is to provide security and give the enemy a fertile ground for their activities. But that is the subject of another blog. Let’s get to the character at hand.

To this day, the Catalonian police and press reports insist that Es-Satty had no history of radicalization, and that it was his stay at the Castellón de la Plana prison where he met an inmate serving time for the Madrid bombings who “radicalized him.”

It is a bold faced lie.

And the only reason it is repeated time and again is because it serves the narrative that, somehow, placing these terrorists where they belong is counterproductive. Like that popular canard that affirms the Guantanamo detention center produces terrorists. Nonsense. It merely holds them in a place where they can do no harm.

Abdelbaki es-Satty, the leader of the cell that perpetrated the attacks in Catalonia has a long history, rich in terrorist connections and missed opportunities.

He arrived in Spain from Morocco in 1999 with his mother and a relative at the age of 26, settled near Bilbao and went straight into the Spanish school system. He is not the product of some Madrassa in Pakistan, but of the Moroccan and Spanish educational system, where he became a full blown socialist “freedom fighter.”

In November of 2002, aged 29, he was arrested for the first time. The crime: to attempt to smuggle into Spain an undocumented immigrant with false documents. Nabbed at Ceuta, coming in from Morocco. An ominous precedent as we shall see. In 2003 he was sentenced to six months in jail and a fine of 1,080 Euros

Two years later, in May 2004, he was arrested again, this time for violent crimes in the Basque country. His trial resulted in a sentence of 2 years and 9 months for “malicious wounding” and an additional year for crimes “against the administration of justice,” imposed in 2006 by the Biscay court.[1]

The idiot judge who sentenced him in 2006 to over 3 years in prison for crimes that “denote a danger, a real and sufficient threat to public safety,” left the sentence in suspense because of his five years of residence before the attacks, and the fact that he committed “no further crimes while awaiting sentence…Demonstrates his full integration to Spanish society.

Now, Spanish law is such that a foreigner convicted of a felony requiring more than a year in prison must be deported at the end of his sentence. The Biscay judge, in staying his sentence, blocked deportation proceedings. The same thing would happen again 8 years later!

I swear. I did not make this up. Not even Woody Allen in the days of “Bananas” could come up with a plot like this.

At the same time the judge was touting Es-Satty’s good intentions, and even earlier, the Spanish National Police was investigating him for ties to Al-Qa’ida.

Seriously. So much for his demonstrated integration to society.

This was part of two National Police (NP) investigations that sprung out of the al-Qa’ida attack on Casa de España in Casablanca, Morocco in May of 2003.[2]

It turns out that Es-Satty was identified as a member of the terrorist gang that carried out that attack, Ansar al Islam, an Al-Qa’ida affiliate. His role: to develop ties with the Spanish underworld to produce fake documents allowing the cell members to move freely throughout Europe.[3] The NP also suspected possible links to the cell that carried out the attacks in Madrid on 11 March 2004.

The gang at Vilanova: Top right, Mohammed Mrabet Fahsi. Bottom right: Abdelbaki Es-Satty

As part of Operación Camaleón”, Madrid Judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska of the National Audience, determined on 19 October 2005 that “The necessity, proportionality and pertinence of the tapping of the phone…used by Abdelbaki Es Satty can be inferred from the seriousness of the acts to him attributed and founded suspicion that he is a part of the terrorist organization Ansar al Islam.

For good measure, Judge Grande-Marlaska added: “he can act as an intermediary providing logistic support by maintaining contact with Arab citizens dedicated to document forgery among common criminals with the purpose of facilitating the movement of terrorist elements in the Spanish and European territory.” Clear as a bell.

Operación Camaleón,” had been started by Judge Baltazar Garzón in 2006 but, as he run into his own troubles, it passed on to Judge Grande-Marlaska who blended it into “Operación Chacal” in June of 2006. Es-Satty continued under investigation.

Guess what? In 2011, a bunch of well trained shysters managed to strike the whole thing, adducing “inaccuracies” that rendered the information obtained from the phone taps…invalid. The inaccuracy was that Es-Satty did not use the phone that the police tapped, and the judge bought it. Spanish police face the same antiquated laws in many countries that have not awakened to the fact that mobile phones are, well, mobile.

At the time he was being investigated, Es-Satty shared lodgings with this guy:

Mohammed Mrabet Fahsi, a known recruiter for al-Qa’ida!

After the hallaballoo, Es-Satty remained in Vilanova i la Geltrú, a small town in Catalonia where a terrorist cell recruited by Fahsi was known to be active. And he continued his illegal activities undisturbed.

Part of the investigation that failed was that, in tapping the wrong phone, policed missed the movements of Es-Satty’s roommate, Belgacem Bellil. An Algerian butcher in Vilanova, was recruited by Fahsi, was indoctrinated at the apartment on Lepanto Street inhabited by Es-Satty, became a close collaborator of Fahsi and responsible for the Al-QaAla[4] community in Vilanova. He was eventually shipped via Brussels and Syria to Iraq, where he blew himself up at the Italian base in Nassiriya killing 28 people, including 19 Italian Carabinieri, in December 2003. But nobody was looking! Or rather, they were not looking in the right place.

The proceedings of Operación Chacal list Es-Satty as a member of the gang, and his close relation, Mustapha Es-Satty was arrested, but freed in 2009. They had arrived in Spain together, from the same town.

In 2007, Es-Satty was stopped by highway police in Granada, near Puerto de la Mora, while driving a van full of used auto parts, and was fined 4,600 Euros he never paid for…driving an overloaded vehicle. He gave an address in Vilanova that turned out to be Fahsi’s old base of operations.

In 2009, the same vehicle, performing the same service, was also stopped in Granada and the driver, Reduanne M., was fined 1,500 Euro which he never paid either. The address he gave in Vilanova did not exist.

At this point we may ask: What were this chaps doing with so many junked parts?

Transporting them to Morocco, of course, and returning with drugs smuggled from Es-Satty’s place in Chaouen province, as we later came to now. The shipping of old auto parts is a common activity among the Moroccan community, affording the perfect cover for drug trafficking.

Between 2007 and 2009, Es-Satty seems to disappear. Versions of where he may have gone vary. Some claim he was in Lybia. Others that he was in Syria. My sources say both. He supposedly claimed to have been visiting his wife and children in Morocco. Others place him in France. For all I know he was in all of the above.

Significantly, though, two of his Ripoll cell members trained in explosives in…Zurich! I vote for all of the above and perhaps a little explosives training by the same Zurich group. Certainly a terrorist more or less in France of Switzerland would have made no difference.

In any case, he was making contributions to the Spanish Social Security from 2002 to 2009, suggesting that wherever he went it was not for long.

Remember how Hezballat funds itself trafficking drugs in Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and Paraguay? Well, guess what is the next stop in Es-Satty’s career?

He was caught in Ceuta in on 01 January 2010, with 250 lbs of hashish smuggled in from Morocco as he tried to take the ferry to Algeciras.

Imagine that!  Now we know what he was doing with the old auto parts.

A known terrorist linked to al-Qa’ida, Ansar al Islam and GICM is caught red handed in an act known to be the most common source for financing terrorism and…nothing.

He was treated as a common criminal, was tried in Ceuta[5] and received a sentence in February of 2012 to four years and one month to be served at the Castellón de la Plana prison.

But he did not serve them all. In fact, he was out in less than two years, but not without breaks. Surprisingly, there are records of 3 different furloughs, even though he should have been considered dangerous and was a known associate of Rachid Aglif, AKA “the rabbit,” cellmate of his at Castellón and one of the terrorists of the Madrid bombings! Yet, the authorities claimed he was a model prisoner and off to trot he went. It does not get better than watching authorities facilitate the work of terrorist couriers.

Who sprung him before he could complete 1/3 of his sentence?

One of his lawyers is now the vice Mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Assens, the great defender of illegal occupiers known as “okupas.”[6]

This asshole:

Es-Satty was freed from Castellón on 29 April 2014, with, as the law mandated, an order to deport him. He should have been deported, immediately, but his shysters interposed two recourses, the first at the administrative jurisdiction, alleging that the expulsion violated his “International Rights.” I am not joking.

That one failed, so they shopped for a judge in the “Administrative-Contentious Court” in Castellón,[7] and they found him. In 2015, that idiot judge, Pablo de la Rubia Comos[8] bought this nonsense and blocked the deportation because…wait for it…Es Saty was really, really trying to assimilate in Spain! In fact, the imbecile referred to Es Satty’s “obvious work insertion and efforts to integrate into Spanish society” citing the existence of a labor contract and contributions to Social Security for 6 years, 6 months and 16 days…out of the 16 years he had been in the country! The moron went on to state that the sentence derived from an “isolated incident,” in spite of information that related THREE previous convictions, two to a year or more, and cited European jurisprudence that, contrary to Spanish Law, maintained that in order to expel an alien who has been a long-term resident[9] after a sentence of more than 1½ years…he must present a “real and serious threat to public safety.” Being a terrorist identified in Operación Chacal, drug trafficking and malicious wounding, apparently, did not qualify for being a danger to society.

And so his deportation order was annulled and the government decided NOT to appeal…because “nobody alerted them of the possibility of radicalization of Es Satty.” Not even the National Audience records. Way to go, chumps.

Just to be on the sure side, as an abundance of caution we might say, on 29 November 2014 Es Satty’s lawyers sued requesting asylum in Spain for their client to avoid having to deal with a potential appeal on the deportation order. Of course, they got it, but the file is sealed. And Es Satty became absolutely free to move around in 26 countries completely undisturbed.

Nobody though of checking his house in Morocco:

House of Abdelbaki Es Satty’s family in Tangaya, Chaouen, Morocco, surrounded by their marihuana plantation, used to finance terrorism.

In the meantime, he was back in Catalonia reestablishing relationships, meeting old acquaintances, rekindling old friendships and…casing locations.

He found a house in Alcanar, not far from the prison he had once inhabited, which he proceeded to occupy illegally — Asens must have assuredly been very proud of his pupil — and set up a bomb factory.

Then he established residence in Ripoll, a town of 10,000, where he was hired as Imam for the two local Mosques. He’d never been an Imam or even a religious man, except for a brief stint at the mosque of Vilanova, but we are told that an Imam is hard to find in those parts…Some parishioners claim he didn’t know how to set the room for prayer and had to be told.

In January 2016 he went to Belgium and tried to organize a terrorist cell there. The cops in the Belgian town of Vilvoorde screened him “intensely” at the request of the local Imam, who suspected him immediately and squealed to the cops. The Vilvoorde police did not contact the National Police, nor Interpol, nor Spain’s National Police. Nope. They contacted Catalonia’s own Mozos — whose utter incompetence is now legendary — requesting information because of the “suspicious activities” of Es-Satty. The imbeciles in Catalonia did not check with their National Police, the National Audience or anybody who might have had information and simply responded that he had no known problems! This, despite of a rap sheet larger than the New York phone book.

Belgian suspicions of a link with terrorists of the Airport & Metro attacks seemed to be confirmed later when nine terrorist linked to those attacks were arrested in April 2017 in…Barcelona!

But at any rate they kept tabs on Es-Satty to the point that he gave up and in April 2016 headed back to Ripoll saying that he had visited that pesky wife and children in Morocco.

The rest we know: Es Satty set up the cell that carried out the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils and died trying to build a massive “Mother of Satan” bomb in Alcanar. The explosives guys spent days blowing up remnants of his handiwork there. They even found what they think is his ready-to-use explosives belt. One can’t make this shit up.

But there’s more. After the attacks, the Mayor of Ripoll, an idiot by the name of Jordi Munell, declared that “there has never been any problems on integration” in his community, and that “some of the suspects — the galoot thus called the terrorists killed in the attacks — had jobs, cars, mobile phones, computers, plans for the future.” Really. And he hasn’t figured out the future they were planning involved his demise?

This delirium is expressed clearly in the daily El País, with an article that almost needs no explanation:

Why did ‘Well Integrated’ Moroccans carry out Barcelona Attacks?

Take a wild guess.

So we come to the end. Far from being an unknown entity radicalized while in prison in 2012, Abdelbaki Es-Satty was a well known terrorist who played the system like a violin, came in and out of prison as if it had a revolving door, and was involved with known terrorist activities in Spain, Morocco and Belgium from 2002 onwards.

His role as supplier of travel documents and money, financed with his drug smuggling operation out of his own plantation in Morocco is a matter of public record that belies the narrative of both the Catalan government and the press.

The war on Islamic National Socialism is a difficult affair. The incompetence of our governments in creating an efficient system to combat them is the tragedy of our times.

This is not a Spanish problem, but a systemic problem throughout Europe and, to a slightly lesser degree, the US. If we are going to defeat the scourge of Islamic terrorism, it is high time we adapt our legal system and communications amongst law enforcement agencies across all kinds of boundaries.

It is time.



[1] Audiencia de Vizcaya.

[2] The attack, which killed 45, was carried out by the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, an affiliate of Ansar al Islam, part of Al Qa’ida in the Islamic Magreb.

[3] Precisely what he was doing when he was arrested in 2002.

[4] Warrior’s Fortress, perhaps a reference to the citadel of Aleppo.

[5] Juzgado de lo Penal No 2.

[6] Of course, that kind of illegal occupation of houses is what Es Satty’s group did in Alcanar under the benevolent watch of local authorities.

[7] Juzgado de lo contencioso administrativo No 2 de Castellón.

[8] A fervent Catholic, one of 13 siblings and member of Opus Dei.

[9] To show he was a long-term resident his lawyers provided proof of his arrival, in Spain in 1999 and even his school reports.

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