TUNIS - The Tunisian suspected of the attack on the Christmas market in Berlin also has a criminal record elsewhere. Before he came to Germany he was in Italy four years in prison for arson in a school.
In his own country he was known to the police. The saw throughout Germany wanted terrorist was Oueslatia, where he was born on December 22, 1992, was sentenced in absentia to five years' imprisonment for robbery with violence.
The Anis Amri father left Wednesday through regional Mosaïque FM radio station that his son from Tunisia about seven years ago disappeared and ended up as an illegal immigrant in Italy. After his release, he appeared in Germany in 2015. He still had contact with his brothers but not with his father. This was picked up by security forces for interrogation to find out whether there may be radicalization and relations with Islamic State.
Oueslatia located in the district of Kairouan, a religious center in Tunisia, about 160 kilometers south of the capital Tunis. As in many towns in rural areas, unemployment is high and the prospects for youth small. Numerous families were sons lost to jihadist groups in Libya, Syria and Iraq.
An estimated 4,000 Tunisians have certainly joined IS or similar militant groups abroad. They are including via the Internet recruited by hate preachers.