The news that Anis Amri, the terrorist suspected of driving a lorry into the Christmas market in Berlin, is dead came from Italy and spread very quickly through the media. For many this is good news; a terrorist has been eliminated and cannot strike again. For others it is merely the beginning, and the trail which has been left is long and complicated. It may well begin many years ago, when this man first came into contact with the wrong side of the law, but it certainly does not end with his death.
Questions which need to be answered include whether he was involved in other crimes in Europe; who he was involved with along the way, from Italy, from France, from Germany; how was he able to move so quickly back towards Milan; how did he come to possess a weapon; who supplied him, who hid him, who advised him.
Screenshot Source: Twitter / Peter Neumann
Unlike Peter Neumann, I am not surprised he managed to get as far as he did. Immediately following the attack the police and security services were too involved with the crime scene and with the pursuit and then questioning of another man who could have been involved. They relied on witnesses as much as on their own resources and, in this case, they were disappointed. It took time for the real culprit to be identified. Amis Amri was filmed in Moabit, a section of Berlin, and it was assumed that he must still be in the area, rather than the possibility that he was arranging his escape being taken into account. He and his helpers had enough time to make arrangements for him to leave the city, if they hadn’t been made in advance.
There can be no doubt that other people were involved in this act of terrorism, as in the attack in Nice back in July, in the background. His suppliers and those prepared to spirit him out of the country again, should he survive, are still among us, and it is against these people that the police must now concentrate their investigations.
I do not doubt that we will see several people answering for their actions over the coming weeks, for their involvement in terror against a country which has been their home, which has given them a living, which has looked after and protected them. Amis Amri may well be dead, but the cause which assisted his act of terror will not be buried with his lifeless body. Not yet.
- Viktoria Michaelis.