Terror suspect Touil to be freed in Milan

Extradition to Tunisia refused.

Abdel Majid Touil, the 22-year-old Moroccan arrested in Gaggiano in Milan’s hinterland in May on suspicion of involvement in the deadly terrorist attack on the Bardo museum in Tunisia on 18 March which left 22 – mostly tourists – dead, is to be freed.

Touil, who had always protested his innocence, and whose language school records registered his presence in Trezzano sul Naviglio shortly before and again after the massacre, was being held on the strength of an extradition request filed by Tunisia.

But both his defence lawyer and Milan’s prosecutor general opposed the extradition request, pointing out that the death penalty is still on the books in Tunisia. Article 27 of the Italian Constitution forbids extradition to a state where capital punishment is legal.

The prosecutor also stated that the evidence against Touil was insufficient to justify holding him in jail. The judges of Milan’s fifth Appeal Court, which rules on extradition issues, therefore agreed there was no further reason to hold him.