En custody,he had first view of doubtful, saying he wanted to commit a robbery and not a terrorist action, before silence. Before the investigating judge, he had hitherto preserved the same silence. But yesterday, Ayoub El Khazzani, the Moroccan 27-year-old who opened fire in the Thalys on 21 August 2015, before being controlled by the us military on vacation, took a long time entrusted to the examining magistrate.
A hearing river of five hours during which this former offender radicalized has finally recognized the dimension to the terrorist of his gesture. “He defines himself as a jihadist, says his lawyer, Me Sarah Mauger-Poliak. On the other hand, he asserts that he did not wish to commit a massacre of civilians, but that he had a target well-defined. He presents himself as a soldier who wanted to attack others. “El Khazzani “is defined as a jihadist, he claims, not with pride,” says her lawyer, describing the emotion and the tears of his client during the hearing. “It was a very complicated and still quite ambivalent”.
The young man, who acknowledges having stayed in Syria, is also income on her journey. It confirmed, in particular, the information revealed last month by the Center for analysis of terrorism (CAT) : he was well-traveled in Europe with Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the co-ordinator of the attacks on the 13 November. Ayoub El Khazzani has not finished with his confession. He is again summoned before the judge next Tuesday.
In his new story, Ayoub El Khazzani says that he does not have “acted alone”. “He traced in broad lines its route to Syria, Turkey to Europe. With (Abdelhamid) Abaaoud”, one of the coordinators of the attacks in Paris on 13 November, explained to Me Sarah Mauger-Poliak.
El Khazzani was reported to islamist extremism by the intelligence services of Spain, where he lived for several years. He had stayed in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, the municipality of brussels, which are from several protagonists of the cell responsible for the attacks on 13 November in Paris and Saint-Denis (130 deaths), and of Brussels of 22 march 2016 (32 dead), claimed by the group islamic State.
a few weeks ago, a note from intelligence services in Hungarian, as revealed by the Center for analysis of terrorism (CAT), has clarified the links between the alleged shooter and Abdelhamid Abaaoud, already put in light by the French investigators.
According this note to the TEK services (anti-terrorism Hungarian), which had knowledge of the AFP, Abaaoud, back from Syria, and El Khazzani arrived in Budapest on the 1st of August in mingling with the migrants and have stayed in the same hotel. On August 4, Abaaoud has gone to Austria by car, and next day, El Khazzani, has taken the same direction, but in the process, according to the note.
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