Switzerland Steps Up Efforts To Monitor Jihadist Websites And Traffickers
The Swiss Federal Police Office (fedpol) says it has stepped up efforts to monitor radical Islamic websites and boosted international cooperation to fight the Italian mafia and crack down on human trafficking.
Presenting its annual report for 2011, the office said on Thursday it had launched several investigations against operators of websites containing scenes of extreme violence, instruction manuals on violence or cases of incitement to commit violent acts.
Switzerland has not been a target of acts of terror and there is no evidence to suggest that there were plans for such an attack last year, according to a statement issued by the office on Thursday. Nevertheless, jihadist groups have used the country as a base for providing radical Islamic groups with logistical support and for spreading propaganda.
However, it said that restrictions in Swiss legislation meant that it was a "major challenge” to investigate effectively such support activities, in particular those posted on the web.
The report mentions the case of a Swiss who converted to Islam and is suspected of having used the internet to discuss a possible attack on a United States installation in a European country. However, it provides no further details about the investigation. (...)