Brussels Terrorist Suspect Starred in Film on Successful Immigrant Integration

Osama Krayem appeared in the film when he was 11 and portrayed as an example of how immigrants to Sweden could be successfully integrated through their love of soccer.

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A 23-year-old Swedish man of Syrian origin who was arrested this month on suspicion of belonging to the terrorist network responsible for the November terrorist attacks in Paris as well as last month's attacks in Brussels had been featured in a 2005 Swedish documentary in praise of his successful integration into European society.

According to Britain's Daily Telegraph, Swedish media reported on Friday that the suspect, Osama Krayem, starred in "Without Borders – A Film about Sport and Integration," depicting how the 11-year-old Krayem's affection for soccer in the Swedish city of Malmo helped him integrate into Swedish society.

Krayem, who was charged with terrorist murder after his arrest in Brussels last Friday, is accused of being the man seen with suicide bomber Khalid El Bakraoui minutes before he blew himself up on a metro train. Police are still searching for a backpack Krayem was carrying that may have contained a bomb.

Rescue teams evacuate wounded people outside the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels on March 22, 2016 after a blast at this station located near the EU institutions.
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The Telegraph quoted Christer Girke, the marketing manager of the Malmo team, as saying that Krayem’s father was particularly eager for his son to integrate with other Swedes, and moved the family from an immigrant enclave in Malmo to a more diverse neighborhood on the city's outskirts. "Osama was sullen and stayed in the background. But he was a good player and always one of the gang. There was never any problem with him,” the Telegraph quoted Girke as saying.

In 2014, after working for as an intern for Malmo city council, he disappeared, the Telegraph reported, and the following year was pictured in Facebook photos among jihadists in Syria.

With reporting by Reuters.