VIENNA — Ukrainian leaders called Thursday for more legal alternatives to resist extremism and to get an overhaul of the nation’s national intelligence agency in the aftermath of the week’s fatal attack blamed a famous Islamic revolutionary who Austrian government was warned had attempted to get ammunition in neighboring Slovakia.
The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai, had a prior conviction for attempting to combine the Islamic State team in Syria and was granted early release in December.
A dual national of Austria and North Macedonia, Austrian police said they had been not able to reverse Fejzulai’s Austrian citizenship following his conviction he had duped the justice system’s deradicalization plan following his release to believing that he had reformed.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a special session of parliament on Thursday which Austria currently does not have all of the lawful procedures required to monitor and sanction extremists, which the authorities could not allow a repeat of this situation that resulted in the assault Monday night. The gunman fatally shot four people and injured 20 others using an automatic gun before being murdered by himself.
Interior Minister Karl Nehammer on Wednesday stated Slovak intelligence at the summer had advised Austria that Fejzulai was hoping to purchase ammunition, and”something went wrong with all the communication within the upcoming steps.”
He suggested establishing an independent panel to be installed to analyze” where things happened that should not have occurred.”
Kurz stated Austria’s national intelligence bureau had endured a loss of hope for this and other recent scandals, APA reported.
“It now must be mended,” he told lawmakers.
He cautioned against”premature offenses,” nevertheless, stating an independent commission could decide in which errors were made.
In the wake of the assault, Austrian police detained 14 individuals with alleged connections with the defendant for questioning.
Nina Busek, a spokeswoman for Vienna prosecutors, said her office was moving through every case individually to ascertain Thursday if to request a judge to permit them to hold them more to let them move.
Some do not have Austrian citizenship.