Artur L. (full name withheld under Polish law), is understood to have adopted the pseudonym of Ahmed Yassin, and is currently being detained for a three-month period. He has been given the status of a “dangerous prisoner.”
News of the arrest was revealed by Polish current affairs weekly Wprost.
The suspect was allegedly aiming to start a terrorist cell in Poland and was supposedly planning attacks on the Polish parliament building. It has been claimed that he had been looking for information on how to construct bombs.
Artur L. is also alleged to have uploaded religious diatribes onto the internet.
Colonel Robert Nawrot, chief of the Warsaw section of the Poland’s Internal Security Agency (ABW), told the weekly that Artur L. had been under surveillance for over a year and a half.
“This man was very active on international internet forums for Islamic terrorists,” he claimed, adding that entrance to such forums is only possible through the recommendation of a third party.
Artur L. allegedly proclaimed the Islamic creed of Shahada – the declaration by which one can convert to Islam – on several occasions over the last few years.
Nevertheless, the suspect’s brother claims that the arrest is misguided.
“Artur has not done anything wrong, and he was not planning anything,” he told the weekly.
“During the search, no explosive material or weapons were found,” he said.
Poland has had troops serving as part of the NATO force in Afghanistan since 2002. A prosecutor’s office in Krakow, southern Poland, is currently investigating allegations that Poland hosted a CIA prison for terrorism suspects between 2002-2003.