August 12, 2015 / 12:58 PM / 4 years ago

Spain arrests man marketing Islamic State clothing range

An image of a t-shirt (L) and sweatshirt (2nd L) depicting a British aid worker as he is about to be executed by an Islamic State militant and baby bodysuits bearing the flags used by the Islamic State (2nd R) and Islamist militant group Harakat Sham al-Islam (R) are seen in this combination handout picture released by the Spanish Interior Ministry August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Spanish Interior Ministry/Handout via Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police have arrested a man for selling T-shirts showing a British aid worker as he was about to be executed by Islamic State militants as well as a range of clothing bearing IS slogans, the government said on Wednesday.

The man, a Spanish citizen whose name was not released, was detained during a police operation on Tuesday night in Naron in northwestern Spain.

From his shop and online he sold a range of clothes promoting Islamic State and another Islamist militant group, Harakat Sham al Islam, the Interior Ministry said.

They included T-shirts with a silk-screened image showing hostage Alan Henning as he was about to be beheaded by Islamic State last year, together with his executioner and the IS flag.

Pictures released by the Spanish government showed a range of items the man was marketing including sweatshirts, T-shirts, bags and baby bodysuits bearing slogans in Arabic of Islamic State or Harakat Sham al Islam.


The man was selling the T-shirts to customers in Spain and Portugal for 14 euros each.

He is accused of using social networks to spread Islamist propaganda and to “belittle and humiliate victims of jihadi terrorism”, the ministry said in a statement.

So far this year, the ministry said, 47 people accused of links to Islamist militancy have been arrested in Spain. Europe’s worst Islamist attack occurred in Spain in 2004 when 191 people were killed in bombings of Madrid commuter trains.

Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Mark Heinrich; Editing by Paul Day

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