Press says EU parliament drivers found with DAESH propaganda

German newspaper says two European Parliament drivers found carrying CDs containing DAESH propaganda

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Two drivers for the European Parliament have been caught in possession of ISIS propaganda.[File Photo]

Two drivers for the European Parliament have been caught in possession of DAESH propaganda, a German newspaper reported on Saturday.

Der Spiegel weekly, citing informed sources, said that DAESH propaganda CDs were found among the drivers' personal effects and that the discoveries prompted a recent decision by the European parliament to create its own team of chauffeurs rather than relying on private service providers.

That decision is in itself controversial as it boosts the EU parliament's transport costs by 10 million euros ($11 million) annually.

The parliament is justifying the change, according to Der Spiegel, on the basis that the case of the two drivers may not be an isolated one, and that private sector companies may be more susceptible to infiltration by individuals linked to terrorist groups.

A European parliament spokesman in Brussels said that there was never any comment made on "questions of security."

According to the Biribin Limousines firm, which employed the pair found with the offending material, "no driver has been sacked. There has never been anything [untoward] found in our cars."

The Paris-based company dismissed the Spiegel report as "a tissue of lies."

On April 6 the European parliament, which has homes in Brussels and Strasbourg, announced that one of the terrorists who blew themselves up in DAESH attacks in Brussels on March 22 briefly worked as a cleaner for the parliament several years ago.

Najim Laachraoui was said to have had a summer holiday job cleaning at the parliament for one month in 2009 and one month in 2010.