EU's Kerchove says "we cannot prevent new terror attacks"

(AGI) Brussels, Jan 13 - Gilles de Kerchove, the EUCounter-terrorism Coordinator, warned that "we cannot preventfurther [terror] attacks." The top European official said thatprisons "are incubators of a massive radicalisation", andexplained that "it is not possible to totally prevent terrorismattacks such as the Paris massacre." He added that the solutioncannot be that of imprisoning the so-called 'foreign fighters'because prisons have become 'huge incubators ofradicalisation'. Italian Minister of Justice Andrea Orlandoshared this sentiment by saying that "potentially prisons maybecome incubators" [of a certain type of Islamic extremism],hence, "great caution" is

(AGI) Brussels, Jan 13 - Gilles de Kerchove, the EUCounter-terrorism Coordinator, warned that "we cannot preventfurther [terror] attacks." The top European official said thatprisons "are incubators of a massive radicalisation", andexplained that "it is not possible to totally prevent terrorismattacks such as the Paris massacre." He added that the solutioncannot be that of imprisoning the so-called 'foreign fighters'because prisons have become 'huge incubators ofradicalisation'. Italian Minister of Justice Andrea Orlandoshared this sentiment by saying that "potentially prisons maybecome incubators" [of a certain type of Islamic extremism],hence, "great caution" is needed. Minisiter Orlando spoke atthe sidelines of an event organised at the Poggioreale prisonin Naples. He underlined that he had discussed with the EUjustice ministers about the punishment to issue in order tocurb this phenomenon. "Isolating such cells is of majorimportance," he said, "in order to avoid what has happened inthe past with other types of terrorism." He added it wasnecessary to avoid "criminal punishment becoming a tool whichgives more power to the organisations which we are fightingagainst." He emphasized that it is necessary to bear thisaspect in mind when issuing anti-terrorism norms. MinisterOrlando announced he is due to meet top Italian prosecutorsthis Tuesday afternoon in Rome in order to assess 'the bestfacility to pursue a more appropriate coordination, which iscertainly the goal to be reached." . .