DOCUMENT – The operation was to illustrate the reactivity of Paris facing the jihadist threat. Yet, the three jihadists have returned to France on their own, without being challenged. They were not arrested on arrival at the airport in Marseille.
The operation was to illustrate the reactivity of Paris facing the threat Jihadist. It turned into a fiasco by a hazardous communications, which suddenly highlighted the flaws in the French shield terrorism. Tuesday afternoon, the Interior Ministry announced rather quickly arrested three dangerous individuals “as soon as they set foot in France.” They returned in principle to Turkey, where they were arrested last August after fighting, they say, in the ranks of radical Islamists in Syria. Among them, the husband of Souad Merah, sister of Mohamed Merah, the terrorist who sowed death in Montauban and Toulouse in March 2012, but as a “very close” to the “scooter killer” and a third man, himself known antiterrorist services. The picture was almost perfect. But here it is: the story was partly true. Three jihadists have returned to France on their own, without being challenged. They were not arrested on arrival at the airport in Marseille, where they landed like flowers, even claiming today, through their lawyers, to be at the disposal of justice.
My Dunac Pierre and Apollinaire Legros-Gimbert, two of their lawyers, and explained that the three men could not board the original flight from Turkey to Paris, but they were able to take a later flight to a regional airport. Marseille, therefore, according to our information.
French internal security attaché based in Turkey had yet prepared their return with the authorities in Paris and Ankara. But just to get on the airplane with a Turkish company, the captain, seeing what he was dealing passengers, refused to embark, as is his right. It took them a go next flight, landing at Marseilles, where apparently nothing was planned to pick them, as they were expected in Paris. The Interior Ministry has confirmed this in a statement: “The French services were informed by their Turkish counterparts of this change in flight after arrival on French soil three nationals deported.”
“The Department of the Interior, in my opinion, drawn a little too fast in announcing the arrest. They do not have all been arrested. They are in nature, ready to explain, to be questioned, “said Tuesday night Legros-Gimbert me. The lawyer even showed very surprised that the passport of his client and the other two alleged jihadists have not triggered signal in the arrival airport. His colleague Pierre Dunac relishes: “Incredible as it may seem, this is reality. They traveled with their passports. They were not worried when they arrived. “Serious screw tightening is necessary in the ranks of the National Police, where amateurism reveals that this episode may stain to the minister.
DOCUMENT – The press release of the Ministry of the Interior