The alleged jihadist from Algeciras, Yassine Kanjaa, did not hesitate before Judge Joaquín Gadea, instructor of the National Court.
If he released him, he would kill more people.
This was warned by the alleged terrorist during his statement before the magistrate, according to the order of the Criminal Chamber that confirmed his detention in preventive detention.
The 25-year-old Moroccan citizen, arrested on January 25 after hacking to death the sacristan Diego Valencia and injuring four other people during an attack on two central churches in the city of Cadiz, warned "in a clear and direct way" that he would carry out more “similar actions”, in addition to justifying his attack by defining it as a “mission” from Allah that he had to fulfill.
The cause remains secret.
The mental state of the alleged jihadist from Algeciras marks the investigation
Kanjaa did not show an iota of "repentance" during his appearance before Gadea on January 30, according to the magistrates of the Criminal Chamber.
Nor any "sign of compassion" or "empathy with the victims."
What's more, according to the court's decision, he recognized himself as the author of the facts without any type of problem;
he gave explanations as to why he had committed the attack - he linked the attacked with "satan" and described them as "enemies of Islam and Muslims" -;
and he confessed his "purpose" to "get more people out of the way", according to the literal expression used by the arrested person.
"He himself recognizes that his purpose is to kill more people," say the judges in his order, where they state that Kanjaa himself stressed that the situation "is going to get worse because he is not calm at all."
In this sense, the alleged jihadist stated that, during the three days prior to the attack, he had experienced a strange sensation, which he described as "seeing everything black, seeing death or thinking about committing suicide", according to the Criminal Chamber. .
Judge Gadea has commissioned a report on the Moroccan's mental state to assess his imputability, and two doctors from the Court have already proposed provisionally transferring him to a psychiatric unit attached to Penitentiary Institutions —there are only two currently: in Fontcalent (Alicante) and Seville —.
According to the Chamber, Kanjaa did not show "obvious signs of alterations" during his interrogations by the Police and the magistrate, although he does not rule out an alteration "pathology or disorder that affects his ability to know reality or control his will", which may cause "complete, incomplete or mitigating defenses" to be applied.
Police inspect the area of the attack, with the body of the deceased sacristan, on January 25;
and in the box, the photograph of Yassine Kanjaa.Nono Rico (Nono Rico)
Yassine Kanjaa is currently in prison.
Both the investigating magistrate and the Criminal Chamber confirmed her imprisonment and underlined her "extreme danger".
Not only because the detainee's participation in the attack "is undisputed", according to the National Court, but also because there is a high risk of escape (the Moroccan has no roots in Spain) and that he may commit similar crimes again.
40 bloody minutes
In one of his resolutions, Gadea details that Kanjaa experienced a process of express "radicalization" and "self-indoctrination", which lasted for barely a month before the alleged terrorist attack.
According to the Criminal Chamber, he himself explained in his statement before the instructor "how he carried out his violent action in a deliberate, conscious and desired way, in the context of radical religious motivation."
"He was consistent within his confessed murderous intent and his radical interpretation of his religious faith, which leads him to identify himself with characters from the Koran and to understand that his mission is to physically eliminate those he considers 'enemies or satans,'" highlights the order, dated past February 7.
On the afternoon of August 25, the twenty-something sowed pain in the city of Cádiz for 40 bloody minutes.
"Between 6:45 p.m. and 7:25 p.m.," according to the Chamber.
After starring in a first incident in the San Isidro chapel, where he argued with several parishioners, Kanjaa returned to his home and left his mobile phone at the bottom of a drawer after turning it off.
He then took a large machete that he kept in a false ceiling in the house, hid it in the dark djellaba that he was wearing and went out into the street "with the intention of killing all the priests he came across."
In his bloody journey, the alleged jihadist charged first against a Moroccan compatriot whom he considered a convert.
He hit him in the face, shoulder and chest, but the victim was able to escape.
Next, Kanjaa went to the chapel of San Isidro.
Once inside the church, he "attacked the priest [Antonio Rodríguez]," hitting him on the neck with the machete.
He believed that he had died.
Later he went to the church of La Palma, where he ran into the sacristan Diego Valencia, against whom he attacked "with the intention of slitting his throat."
Valencia fled, but the alleged terrorist made him fall to the ground, taking the opportunity to "direct the blows of his machete towards his head with the intention of decapitating him, thus ending his life."
Minutes later he was arrested "while he was praying."
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