SPAIN’S National Police have apprehended a 20-year-old male who is suspected of posting offensive tweets that promote gender violence, hate crimes and terrorism, a report from February 2 confirms.
The suspect, a Barcelona native, was hiding behind the profiles @Beren12h and @Beren4coma9, which he is alleged to have set up with fake personal data and other security measures to disguise his identity.
Investigations into the trolling began when followers of the National Police’s official Twitter page contacted the authorities to report that a series of abusive tweets had popped up on their site.
During a complex investigation into the internet activity, active patrolling by cyber agents tracked the suspected troll to Barcelona.
The operation also uncovered an existing complaint made in Zamora, a city in Castella-Leon, North West Spain, where a citizen had filed a petition against the same Twitter user.
Once identified, the suspect, accompanied by his lawyer, was taken in for questioning at the offices of the Provincial Brigade of the Judicial Police of Barcelona. During this appearance, the police detailed the charges against him, which are reported to include crimes of terrorism and hatred.
The case continues.