TERRORISM – A man of 21, who visited the priest’s killers Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray shortly before they assassinate, was set in Friday examination by an antiterrorist judge and imprisoned, did was learned judicial source.
The suspect arrested Monday near Toulouse was indicted for “criminal association in relation to a criminal terrorist enterprise “the source said. He was remanded in custody in accordance with the submissions of the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Shortly before the attack of 26 July, that man had joined the Rouen region to visit the two killers of Father Jacques Hamel according to a source close to the investigation. He had made contact with one of them via Telegram, encrypted messaging popular jihadist.
A young man idle and unstable
He holds an electronics tray without employment, the suspect, unknown intelligence, claims to have radicalized quickly, according to a source close to the investigation. To the investigators, it appears as an idle young man and unstable active on social networks, including Telegram, popular encrypted messaging jihadists for confidentiality.
It is through this channel that be contacted Adel Kermiche who with Abdel Malik Petitjean, killed the father Jacques Hamel. Both aged 19, living 700 kilometers away from each other, the killers had met via Telegram just days before their passage to the act.
Investigators are raised to suspect Toulouse because portable two assailants were in contact telephone line, according to the source close to the investigation. In custody, he told police to SDAT (Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate) have delivered on 24 July in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray to follow it a “stage of religion” with several people, including the two killers, reported the source.
the young man recounted having spent the night there but be left the next morning because “the contact was not good,” reported a police source. What are they saying? The Toulouse visitor was he aware of a project of attack against the church? To investigators, he claimed to have left Kermiche Petitjean and without knowing anything about their jihadist project, according to police sources.
Now, a source close to the investigation, investigators suspect that he aware of the Telegram to the content of Kermiche who unveiled the scenario of the attack on 26 July. The killer had indeed described in advance in a message to the procedure of the attack, citing “a knife” as well as “church.”
According to his statement, it is not that once left home that the suspect Toulouse would have made the connection between the attack and his recent contacts in Normandy, reported a police source. In this case, a cousin of Abdel Malik Petitjean, K. Farid, was indicted and jailed on 31 July. Born in Nancy, this 30 year old man “was perfectly aware, if not the place and precise date of an imminent violent action project her cousin,” according to the Paris prosecutor.
Several other people whose names appeared in other investigations, also interested in various degrees investigators or were under investigation.
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