some 18 months after the attack missed against a Thalys, August 2015, Ayoub El Khazzani acknowledged Wednesday for the first time his involvement in the attack, jihadist, while refuting to have wanted to commit a “mass massacre”.
been Hearing for over five hours before a judge investigating terrorism, this Moroccan 27-year-old is back on his journey to this day of 21 August 2015 when in possession of a kalashnikov rifle and nine chargers full, he opened fire on a Thalys Amsterdam-Paris, shortly after his arrival in France, in the Pas-de-Calais.
He had seriously injured a passenger before the intervention of american soldiers on vacation who had mastered, thus failure potential carnage, seven months after the attacks against the Hyper hide, Montrouge, and against Charlie Hebdo.
“a specific Target, determined”
“Now he takes up, he takes his responsibilities. He explains that it is as a jihadist it is mounted in the Thalys (…) but what he would do know, is that he was not there to do a mass slaughter and kill anyone (…) Not at all,” said to the press, his lawyer Sarah Mauger-Poliak at the conclusion of the hearing.
According to her, Ayoub El Khazzani had “a specific target, determined.” “This is not a coincidence if it is mounted in first class”, she added without saying more.
After the denials, then silence, Ayoub El Khazzani intended “return” on its first declarations in police custody, has justified the lawyer.
indicted for “attempted assassinations of terrorist nature”, Ayoub El Khazzani at the time had delivered a version of hare-brained, explaining they wanted to extort money from the travellers on the Thalys, with weapons found by chance in a park in Brussels, where he slept with the HOMELESS. Summoned from in front of the judge, he kept silent. His lawyer requested that he be réentendu.
In the not Abaaoud
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 Daesh (the acronym in Arabic of the 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.
El Khazzani “is defined as a jihadist, he claims, not with pride,” said his lawyer, describing the emotion and the tears of his client during the hearing. “It was a very complicated and still quite ambivalent”.
The judge must hear the 20 December.