Italy: Police Arrested 'Most Wanted' US Fugitive in St Peter's Square

Pope Francis sits on the popemobile surrounded by bodyguards during the weekly general audience on April 17, 2024 at St Peter's square in The Vatican. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)
Pope Francis sits on the popemobile surrounded by bodyguards during the weekly general audience on April 17, 2024 at St Peter's square in The Vatican. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)
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Italy: Police Arrested 'Most Wanted' US Fugitive in St Peter's Square

Pope Francis sits on the popemobile surrounded by bodyguards during the weekly general audience on April 17, 2024 at St Peter's square in The Vatican. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)
Pope Francis sits on the popemobile surrounded by bodyguards during the weekly general audience on April 17, 2024 at St Peter's square in The Vatican. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

Italian police arrested a "most wanted" US fugitive last week who was carrying three concealed knives in a crowded St Peter's Square outside the Vatican, a judicial source said on Thursday.
The fugitive, now in police custody, was named as Moises Tejada, who is classified as violent by the New York state prison service's investigations unit.
He is listed among the department's most wanted individuals, Reuters reported.
The arrest was first reported by Italy's la Repubblica newspaper and confirmed by the source.
Tejada, whose name has the alternative spelling of Teiada, attracted the suspicion of police who detained him and found he was carrying knives that were 20 cm (8 inches) long.
St Peter's Square was busy with pilgrims and tourists as Pope Francis was holding a general audience that day, Wednesday April 10. It was not clear if Tejada, who has convictions for robbery and kidnapping, posed any threat to the pope.
Investigators have found that he had recently arrived in Rome from Moldova, having previously spent time in Ukraine.
He has told investigators he had been in Ukraine since 2022 fighting against the Russian invasion, la Repubblica reported.
The Italian authorities are waiting to hear if their US counterparts want to extradite him.



Stockholm Accuses Iran of Using Criminals in Sweden to Target Israel

A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo
A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo
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Stockholm Accuses Iran of Using Criminals in Sweden to Target Israel

A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo
A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo

Sweden's domestic security agency on Thursday accused Iran of using established criminal networks in Sweden as a proxy to target Israeli or Jewish interests in the Scandinavian country.
The accusations were raised at a news conference by Daniel Stenling, the head of the SAPO agency's counterespionage unit, following a series of events earlier this year.
In late January, the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm was sealed off after what was then described as “a dangerous object” was found on the grounds of the diplomatic mission in an eastern Stockholm neighborhood. Swedish media said the object was a hand grenade.
The embassy was not evacuated and the object was eventually destroyed. No arrests were made and authorities did not say what was found. On May 17, gunshots were heard near the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm and the area was cordoned off. No one was arrested.
According to The Associated Press, Stenling said, without offering specifics or evidence to back up his assertion, that the agency "can establish that criminal networks in Sweden are used as a proxy by Iran.”
“It is very much about planning and attempts to carry out attacks against Israeli and Jewish interests, goals and activities in Sweden," he said and added that the agency sees "connections between criminal individuals in the criminal networks and individuals who are connected to the Iranian security services.”
Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer and Hampus Nygårds, deputy head of the Swedish police's National Operations Department, were also at the online news conference with Stenling.
“We see this connection between the Iranian intelligence services, the security services and precisely criminals in the criminal networks in Sweden," Stenling said. “We see that connection and it also means that we need to work much more internationally to get to the crimes and be able to prevent them.”
Stenling and the others made no mention of the recent incidents connected to the Israel Embassy and stopped short of naming any criminal groups or suspects.
Sweden has grappled with gang violence for years and criminal gangs often recruit teenagers in socially disadvantaged immigrant neighborhoods to carry out hits.
By May 15, police have recorded 85 shootings so far this year, including 12 fatal shootings. Last year, 53 people were killed and 109 were wounded in a total of 363 shootings.