Mother wants suspected jihadi son who allegedly planned a Holy Week attack to return to Spain

SEVILLE: His mother Aisha argued that if he was planning to commit a crime in Spain, he should be tried here. Photo: Shutterstock

THE mother of suspected jihadi Zouahir al Bouhdidi, remanded in Morocco, wants him returned to Spain.

Al Bouhdidi (23) whose father is imam of a Sevilla mosque, was allegedly planning a Holy Week attack in the city.

His mother Aisha argued that if he was planning to commit a crime in Spain, he should be tried here.


Earlier, the Policia Nacional have entered her home in the Su Eminencia district, taking away computer items and documentation.

Investigators are confident that Al Bouhdidi was gathering information prior to carrying out an attack although this had not yet been fully planned and no explosives were found during their search.

Aisha initially told the Spanish media that she, her younger daughter 14-year-old Aya and Al Bouhdidi, visited Morocco to visit her mother, who was ill, returning on April 9.

“But Zouahir stayed behind to look after her,” she said, before amending her statement shortly afterwards.

“I was nervous because of the police search,” Aisha claimed, explaining that her son flew to Casablanca on April 9 on an eight-day excursion arranged by Sevilla University.

“That would not have left him much time to carry out an attack,” the mother pointed out.

“My son is innocent,” she insisted.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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