255 suspected terrorists were denied stay in Romania

255 suspected terrorists were denied stay in Romania

Bucharest, December 7, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Irina Stoica

Romanian authorities removed several foreigners from the national territory and denied entry to more than 200 people on grounds of terrorism suspicions. Information released by the National Intelligence Service (SRI) show that nine foreign citizens suspected of terrorist actions were declared “unwelcome” (personae non gratae) in 2015 and were forced to leave Romania. Other 246 persons who were trying to enter the Romanian territory were stopped at the border. Those declared unwelcome came from Iraq, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria. Some of them were in connection or had performed activities for the Islamic State.

The statistics show an uptrend when it comes to the number of people who were not allowed to enter Romania. The Intelligence Service is taking additional preventive actions in order to dilute the risks generated by the foreign fighters and returnees. “We are also taking into consideration actions that would speed up the information swap within the cooperation with both its national partners and its partner services, so that our institution contributes to the approaches at national, international level for the defence of the democratic values”, a SRI spokesman highlighted.