PORTUGAL: SUSPECT LINKED TO INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM FEARS DEATH PENALTY IF EXTRADITED
September 26, 2021:
Indian citizen Iqbal Singh is in preventive custody in Lisbon following SEF’s execution of an international arrest warrant for connections to and the financing of terrorism, Portugal Resident reported on 9 September 2021. (Source: Portugal Resident, 09/09/2021)
Authorities in India had a reward out on Iqbal Singh, 26, who fled the country ahead of a trial in which he was accused of trafficking over 530 kilos of heroin. The money made from the sale of the heroin was believed to have served to finance terrorist organizations.
Back in July – when Singh was arrested in Loures – noticiasaominuto said the money went on the purchase properties that were used as ‘safe houses’.
Iqbal Singh was arrested after showing authorities a false passport.
He has been in preventive custody ever since.
His extradition hearing has finally come up for consideration. The problem, says daily newspaper Correio da Manhã, is that he fears the death penalty if he is extradited.
From texts in the news, it appears Singh is also wanted in Pakistan.
It is unclear how long he had been living ‘under cover’ in Portugal prior to his arrest.
Said Correio da Manhã in July, he had been trying to become legal in Portugal, using the false passport as an identity document.