elements of radicalization found in the suspect

elements of radicalization found in the suspect
elements of radicalization found in the suspect

After several days in police custody, and a search of her home that revealed elements of radicalization, the 18-year-old young woman arrested on April 3 in Béziers, as part of an investigation for “Terrorist criminal association”, was taken to the Paris court on the night of Wednesday 7 to Thursday 8 April. It was presented this morning to an examining magistrate with a view to its indictment, announced the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) in a press release.

The prosecution, which requests his placement in pre-trial detention, wants the charges against him to be upheld.“Criminal terrorist association” and of “Possession of incendiary or explosive substances or products or of elements intended to make up an incendiary or explosive device”, in connection with a terrorist enterprise.

He requested the remand in custody of the young woman. Until then unknown to the intelligence services, she had been out of school for two years, according to the PNAT.

A photograph of Samuel Paty’s beheading

Following information indicating a threat of attack against a church on the occasion of the Easter weekend, a search was carried out at the home of the young woman, in Béziers, on the night of 3 to 4 April, by officials of the General Directorate of Internal Security, assisted by the RAID. On the spot, the investigators did not find any explosive device constituted, but they discovered several suspicious elements.

In his room were “Several bottles of products liable to enter into the composition of explosives: acetone, sulfuric acid, hydrogen peroxide (…) two devices capable of constituting improvised explosive devices during assembly (…) a printed photograph of Samuel Paty’s beheading ”, as well as other photos “Representative of armed jihadists”.

A recipe for making explosives

The investigators were also interested in a spiral notebook containing “A recipe for making explosives”, “Handwritten notes evoking various violent action projects” or referring to ISIS and Nazism, as well as the “Diagram of a church located near the home” of the young woman. Jihadist propaganda images were also found on his phone.

On April 3, the mother and three sisters of the young woman, including a minor, were also arrested, but their custody was lifted Wednesday without prosecution, no element of radicalization having been discovered against them, according to the PNAT.

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