Brahin Aoussaoui was one of the “rescued refugees” on a quarantine ship. But the asylum centers in Italy were already overflowing with African migrants, so he was simply set free. These lax laws allowed the Tunisian to commit the jihadist attack on a church in Nice this week.
In an effort to reconstruct the path of Brahin Aoussaoui, referred to as the Nice jihadist who killed three people in a church in the city, Italy’s questionable asylum laws have been highlighted. This latest attack sadly vindicates former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s anti-immigration measures.
It is now known that on October 9, after disembarking in Lampedusa, the jihadist was taken to an Apulian identification center and photographed at the police station. He is a Tunisian, born on March 29, 1999.
Police and investigators, and sources from Italian daily Giornale.it have been trying to understand where the Tunisian went before reaching France. But the question that is asked is above all: How did an illegal migrant who had arrived in Italy during the pandemic, manage to safely reach France and commit a slaughter?
The answer could be simple: On October 8, in fact, in Bari, the Italian authorities allowed about 805 migrants at the end of a period of quarantine on the ship Rhapsody to disembark.
Various police sources confirmed to Giornale.it, that the management of migrants had become an emergency. According to one agent involved: “They made the minors disembark, then those who had to go to the centers in Gorizia, Rome and Milan and finally they only gave the rest an invitation to leave the national territory.”
What does that mean? Another investigator explained: “To those who have not been placed in the identification centers, we gave them the dismissal notice of the commissioner with orders to leave the territory within 7 days.”
This means that the illegal immigrant is notified of a “way forward” which in theory means he should leave Italy within a week, but no one takes him to the border. What happens if the illegal individual simply ignores the instructions? He obviously then disappears, like so many do.
Brahin Aoussaoui may have done the same, as he was set free and this enabled him to reach France.
Another source in the Italian police confirmed this version of the events: “He disembarked from the ship like other 800 foreigners. Illegally in Italy for the first time. On October 9 he was rejected by the commissioner with an order to leave the national territory within 7 days. The reason for these measures is the lack of places in the repatriation centers of Italy. All arranged by the Ministry.”
In a letter to Luciana Lamorgese, dated 10 October 2020, Andrea Cecchini, secretary general of the police union Italia Celere, had already warned the minister of the absurdity of this procedure.
“Some migrants, as part of those who are disembarking in Bari from the Rhapsody, will apparently be left free to roam the country with the only invitation to leave the Italian territory within 7 days … with all due respect, should we find ourselves facing these guys, what should we policemen do?”
The same complaint had also come from Franco Maccari, national president of the FSP, in mid-October.
“In Syracuse, by order of the commissioner, 46 migrants just disembarked from the quarantine ship were accompanied to the railway station. They were instructed to leave the national territory within 7 days but we know well that they will become an armed wing of organized crime.” Or maybe even worse.
The fact is that it is common practice in Italy: “It is an administrative hole that we have to deal with because you allow immigrants to move as they wish,” concluded Maccari.
Salvini fumed at the leftist government, responsible for dismantling all the safety measures he had put in place to prevent this. “They dismantled the Security Decrees leaving the ports wide open. An Islamic terrorist landed in Lampedusa, left free to flee and go to France to kill! An international shame for our country. #Nice”