PROSECUTORS are demanding that a former Spanish solider be jailed over his attempted sale of children’s clothing and baby bodysuits emblazoned with Daesh propaganda.
Octavio Cadero Tojeiro, who jokingly describes himself as the ‘Ayatollah of Rain’ and ‘supreme interpreter of Allah’s will in Galicia,’ posted t-shirts for sale online which promoted the terrorist outfit.
Described as the Caliphate of Rain range, the clothing featured Daesh logos, with some boasting images of murdered British aid worker Alan Henning before his execution by the group in 2014.
Tojeiro has been charged with glorifying terrorism and showing contempt towards the victims of jihadi atrocities but is adamant that the Spanish authorities have overstepped the mark.
The t-shirt entrepreneur, who sells a huge variety of cult themed clothing on his website, harbours no terrorist sympathies and has described his case as a product of collective hysteria.
International media have latched onto his posting of absurd Daesh themed declarations on Facebook, clearly missing the ironic point the cynical businessman is trying to make.
The case is yet another incident of the Spanish courts prosecuting individuals for the worryingly far-reaching ‘crime’ of ‘promoting terrorism,’ and raises serious questions as to why depicting images of terror should see citizens hounded by the authorities and threatened with prison.
Tojeiro has said that upon his arrest last year police quickly realised he was simply a ‘troll’ and a ‘loser,’ that neighbours had found his arrest by armed police ‘hilarious’, but the interior ministry had decided to press charges anyway.