Italy expels Isis sympathizer

Italy has expelled a man who had expressed support for terror group Isis, Interior Minister Marco Minniti confirmed.

Italy expels Isis sympathizer
File photo of Italian police cars: Andreas Solaro/AFP

The 34-year-old Moroccan national was already known to police for minor crimes, and the country's anti-terror squad linked him to two men who left Milan in January 2015 to join Isis.

Further investigation revealed that the man, who was “assiduously active” on social media, had shared content showing support for terrorism, including content posted by one of the foreign fighters.

The man had also expressed “willingness to take part in the conflict”, police said.

He was sent to Casablanca by plane on Friday, the 31st deportation of this kind in 2017. In total, the Interior Ministry has ordered the expulsion of 163 people for religious extremism since January 2015.

At the start of 2015, Italy's cabinet approved a slew of anti-terrorism measures, including jail terms of up to six years for “foreign fighters” as well as those who recruit would-be jihadists.

The measures also included confiscating the passports of suspected militants and giving more powers to Italy’s intelligence services.

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