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Secret FBI files reveal that Portuguese-Dutch jihadist put two hand grenades for sale via Whatsapp

The authorities of the Netherlands received in March of last year from the FBI a CD-ROM with new information about Ângela Barreto, the Portuguese-Dutch jihadist who was sentenced this Friday to four and a half years in prison for two crimes of terrorism: participation in in terrorist organization and preparation and promotion of terrorist crimes.

The Rotterdam court ruling obtained by Expresso reveals that the FBI had access to a tablet memory card seized by coalition forces that fought the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh). Tablet that belonged to Angela Barreto. The CD-ROM delivered by the FBI shows messages from Ângela Barreto with her mother between November 2018 and February 2019 – when the self-proclaimed caliphate was collapsing – in which “information about bombings, fighting near the place where it was” is revealed. to reside”. Angela Barreto wrote that “other people were leaving and surrendering, but that she was fighting for her faith and that she was in Baghuz”, the last stronghold of the jihadists.

The tablet also contained a will written by the jihadist in which she reveals that she has a Kalashnikov and two hand grenades. In her will, she also asks her mother for forgiveness because she received money from her to be able to escape the falling caliphate but that she had no real intention of returning to the Netherlands. Angela shows the desire that her son will be “a strong boy and must kill as many unbelievers as possible to enter paradise”.

The US federal police also had access to the cell phone used by the Portuguese-Dutch in Syria. In it, he detected a chat group on WhatsApp with the name: “O market do caliphate”, created in October 2018 and used by Ângela Barreto. In one of the messages, the jihadist said to sell the two hand grenades that belonged to her.

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“I fight in Syria for my freedom”

According to the Rotterdam court, before her departure for the caliphate in August 2014, as well as during her entire stay in Syria, Ângela Barreto knew “quite well” the terrorist activities of her three husbands – two of them Portuguese Fábio Poças and Nero Saraiva – as members of a group of Daesh snipers. And that the Portuguese-Dutch woman consciously chose to join the jihadist organization and to occupy herself with the preparation and promotion of terrorist crimes.

The court highlights Angela Barreto’s conversations with her mother in no uncertain terms: “In sha Allah (I hope) I will stay here until I die and may Allah give me strength to fight”; “Will my children go with me or stay and grow up as mujahideen (fighters)”; “As a mujahid’s wife, it feels so good to still be here while everyone else is gone and given to the enemy”; “I fight here for the freedom of my faith and I have no intention of doing otherwise.”

The defense asserts that these texts were written by third parties, a thesis rejected by the court.

personality disorder

The ruling also states that Ângela Barreto was diagnosed with a personality disorder with group B traits. This is the classification for people who are often impulsive and have difficulty dealing with their emotions. Four types belong to this grouping: borderline, theatrical, antisocial, and narcissistic personality disorder.

However, the magistrate took into account “the accused’s reduced responsibility”. Experts heard at the Rotterdam court revealed that “the facts and circumstances that led to the suspect’s departure to Syria are less attributable to her, due to the suspect’s increasing naivety and influence during that period”.

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The defendant will also be given a measure by the court to control her behavior. “Women are sensitive to influences from others, especially partners, and they seem motivated to face their dysfunctional patterns,” the court said.

Jeffrey Jordan, a lawyer for the Portuguese-Dutch woman, has already said he will appeal the sentence. The lawyer assured that the jihadist confided to him to SIC that she was “forced” to join that terrorist organization when she was in the self-styled caliphate. “She went to Syria not knowing what she was going for and when she found out it was too late. If she was against Daesh, she would be killed.”

Jeffrey Jordan pointed out that she tried to run away several times, but there was always something that went wrong. “Angela needed money, but she didn’t have it, and it was hard to get away from there.” And he is convinced that the 26-year-old woman poses no threat and has already proven that “she is a great mother” and “a victim” of Daesh. “She did not witness executions.”

Six years after running away from home, the Portuguese-Dutch woman said she regretted having left her country, her family and especially her mother. “She is ashamed to have joined Daesh.”

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