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According to the Migration report, before these men were arrested in Nicaragua, they had already entered Costa Rica. The three Egyptian men entered Costa Rica on June 9, while the Iraqi man entered on June 13. They all came from Panama. /  General Directorate of Migration courtesy photo



Migration agents investigate foreigners
for possible links with Islamic state



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Specialists from the General Directorate of Migration confirmed on Wednesday the arrest and investigation of four foreigners who were extradited from Nicaragua and could have links with the Islamic state.

Investigators report that three men of Egyptian nationality surnamed Ibrahim, 33, Eissa, 26, and Mohamed, 41 and an Iraqi man surnamed Yaoob, 29 were extradited from Nicaragua to Costa Rica Tuesday night.

Nicaraguan authorities extradited the four foreigners to Costa Rica because they were arrested when they tried to enter Nicaragua illegally from Costa Rica.

According to the Migration report, before these men were arrested in Nicaragua, they had already entered Costa Rica. The three Egyptian men entered Costa Rica on June 9, while the Iraqi man entered on June 13. They all came from Panama.

"They came from Panama legally," said Stephen Madden, Director of the Migration Police. "They are given a resolution (or authorization) of transit for 25 days in our country."

According to the controlled migratory flow system protocol, the authorities of Panama had already investigated these four foreigners in their databases and with the Interpol police.

"In Costa Rica, the same queries are again made (from databases and with Interpol) and also the biometric process where they come out with negative results," said Madden. This means that there was no international warning against the four foreigners.

Authorities report, however, that "in June we had received information about these people who were of a dangerous profile," said Madden. "So the immigration police, in compliance with their duties of national security, communicated what was happening to the personnel of Security of the United States Embassy."

The four men were transferred measures to the Migration Apprehension Center in Los Lagos in Heredia* with maximum security and a deeper research process will be done with the help of translators.

The international alert on three of these foreigners occurred on June 21 in a statement from the Federal Police of Mexico where a call was made to widely disseminate the photograph of the alleged members of the terrorist group.

"The 3 men, two of Egyptian nationality and one more of Iraqi nationality, who are considered terrorists and were registered in BITMAP in Panama on May 12 and in Costa Rica on June 9, CR authorities received information from a source that the subjects are members of the terrorist group ISIS and that they are on their way to the U.S.,”  say the security authorities of Mexico in its statement.

The men mentioned in that alert coincide in name, age, and nationality with three of the foreigners who entered Costa Rica on June 9.

The alert attributed to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was first reported on Reuters. This report can be reached on Reuters web here*




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