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Naim Saghari

Naim Saghari is a Tunisian national who was born on the 23rd of April 1982 in the city of Sfax.

In 2011, Saghari had married Sara Pilè, a 19 year old girl who was living in Monticelli Brusati, in the province of Brescia. Their first marriage was done according to Islamic customs, while in 2015 they also united through civil marriage.

According to the authorities that followed the case as well as the local community, it was under his influence that his wife converted to Islam in 2015. Specifically she subscribed, just like Saghari, to the Salafi current of Islam. He was initially hired by his father-in-law, a well-known local businessman, and had additionally started living in his wife’s family’s estate. Nonetheless, Pilè’s father, in January 2016, kicked him out of the house, angry at his daughter’s radicalization at the hand of Saghari.
The couple that year also started being surveilled by the Italian police especially in virtue of the contents they posted and shared on their facebook profiles. In fact, while Sara often posted comments celebrating IS’s actions, or their radical positions, these posts were often liked and commented on by Saghari.
At one point in 2016 Saghari also had a disagreement with the rest of the local Islamic community when the other Muslims met with the local bishop to condemn the terrorist attacks of Paris, posting a comment condemning the possibility of a dialogue with christians.

Considering these elements – his wife’s radicalization arrived at a point in which she stated she was ready for martyrdom -, Saghari was expelled from Italy on the 8th of July 2016 over a potential security threat, and was handed over to the Tunisian anti-terrorism police, tasked with evaluating his actual danger.