Four young Pakistanis were indicted and imprisoned in the investigation into the chopper attack perpetrated by one of their compatriots at the end of September near the former premises of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Agence France-Presse learned on Friday, December 18 from the national anti-terrorism prosecution.
Three of them were indicted on Friday for “Terrorist criminal association” criminal and remanded in custody. The fourth, who had already been heard by the police, had been indicted and imprisoned on Wednesday for the same facts.
These four men, who are said to be aged 17 to 21, were in contact with the assailant, said a source familiar with the matter. They are suspected of having been informed of his project and of having been able to encourage him to take action, according to another source close to the investigation.
Two were arrested in Gironde, a third in Caen and the last in the Paris region. “They share his ideology and one of them expressed his hatred of France a few days before the action”, said one of the close sources.
“Videos from Pakistan”
Another source close to the investigation mentioned “Many messages published and exchanged on TikTok”, a social network popular with the younger generations, in which the suspects expressed their anger at the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and « glorifiaient » the attack perpetrated by their compatriot.
On September 25, Zaheer Hassan Mahmoud, 25, seriously injured two people with a chopper in front of the ex-locals of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Arrested shortly afterwards, he told investigators that he had watched before the attack on the “Videos from Pakistan” concerning the republication at the beginning of September by Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Muhammad, before the opening of the trial against the newspaper in January 2015.
Indicted for “Attempted assassinations in connection with a terrorist enterprise” and ” conspiracy “ criminal terrorist, Zaheer Hassan Mahmoud was remanded in custody in the prison of Health in Paris. Some relatives had also confirmed that he was watching videos of Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the founder of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party, TLP said.
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