In a case that has been surrounded by secrecy and lack of news coverage, the trial of suspected ISIS supporters who plotted to kill the US ambassador to Suriname is underway, PJ media reported
The case is of interest in that it shows that the tentacles of ISIS have reached South America with supporters allegedly serious enough to plan an attack on American interests and personnel.
Suriname is a former Dutch colony located between Guyana and French Guiana on Brazil’s northern border, east of Venezuela. The trial marks the first-ever terror case in the history of the country.
The story broke in July 2017 with the arrest of a number of suspects, including two Dutch brothers named as Raoul A., 35, and Nasser A., 31, who had moved back to their parents’ native Suriname and opened a halal butchery.
U.S. Ambassador Edwin R. Nolan assumed his post in 2015 and remains there today. There has been no comment on the case by the embassy.
Initial coverage by a local news outlet of the trial, which began in May, reported the brothers recruited people from Suriname who traveled to Syria to join ISIS. The brothers also allegedly recruited people to join ISIS from the Netherlands and Belgium.
At the trial, prosecutors entered into evidence chat messages showing Raoul “was maintaining tight relationships with key people in ISIS” and he was the “brains” behind the ISIS cell in Suriname. Police said he hinted he wanted to be an ISIS fighter.
Both brothers were reportedly planning to take their families and move to Syria, but they were arrested before they could carry out the plan. “I am prepared for no matter what. They will never catch me,” Raoul reportedly wrote in a text message regarding the move.