Lithuania's intelligence agencies have barred relocation of nine refugees under the European Union (EU) program after establishing that their presence in the country would jeopardize national security, the State Security Department said.
Islamist radical
© Sipa / Scanpix

In its 2016 report, the department said it had interviewed 74 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Greece and Turkey who were about to be resettled to Lithuania.

"Nine persons were identified whose purpose of travel, in the assessment of the State Security Department, was not safe asylum and whose presence in Lithuania would have threatened national security," reads the document.

The department advised the Migration Department not to relocate the persons to Lithuania. The migration authorities followed the recommendations, Aurelija Katkuvienė, head of strategic communication at the State Security Department, told BNS on Wednesday.

Lithuania is committed to receiving 1,105 refugees from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea within two years from the refugee camps in Greece and Turkey. By now, the country has relocated over 250 refugees, however, more than half of them have already left Lithuania.

The State Security Department said it last conducted surveillance measures with regard to approximately 70 Lithuanian citizens and foreigners residing in the country who could have threatened national security due to radical Islamic beliefs.

According to the document, one of the suspected supporters of the Islamic State group has been detained and is under investigation for possession of drugs.

"(The detained individual) supports the terrorist organization ISIS and would like to join the Jihad," reads the report.

More information about the person is not available. BNS has so far failed to receive a comment from the Prosecutor General's Office on the matter.

The State Security Department also identified two individuals who were listed as risky and likely to self-radicalization due to their unpredictable conduct and statements. Information about them was passed on to the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau for further surveillance.

Įvertink šį straipnį
Norėdami tobulėti, suteikiame jums galimybę įvertinti skaitomą DELFI turinį.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(0 žmonių įvertino)
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuanian army acquires Javelin anti-tank missiles for 20 mln USD

The Lithuanian Army has acquired U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank missiles worth 20 million U.S....

Lithuania, Poland to sign new deals on defense cooperation

New Lithuanian-Polish agreements on defense will be signed during Lithuanian president Dalia...

Vytautas Bakas: ‘We need to be more receptive to the needs of servicemen’

The Committee on National Security and Defence of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania held a...

Germany pledges to invest 110 mln euros in Lithuanian military bases

German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen pledged continued support to Lithuania's military with...

Latvia's private, nongovernmental sectors to be included in national defense system

The Latvian defense ministry proposes developing a comprehensive national defense system that would...