French jihadist expelled from Turkey indicted and imprisoned

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French jihadist expelled from Turkey indicted and imprisoned


Othman Garrido, considered by anti-terrorism justice as an actor and an important witness in the French jihadist sphere, was indicted in France on Friday for “assassination” during his stay in the Iraqi-Syrian zone.





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A French jihadist, Othman Garrido, expelled from Turkey on Monday, was indicted Friday for “assassination” during his stay in the Iraqi-Syrian zone and placed in pre-trial detention, AFP learned from the national anti-terrorism prosecution (Pnat). 26-year-old Othman Garrido, who called himself “Abu Salman al Faransi”, is considered by the anti-terrorist justice as an important actor and witness of the French jihadist sphere. He was indicted for an “assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise” and “criminal terrorist criminal association”, facts committed during his stay in the areas held by the jihadists he joined in 2012, according to the Pnat .

He was remanded in custody by a judge of freedoms and detention at the end of his police custody started on Monday, said the anti-terrorism prosecution. “He is likely to be involved in other assassinations which are already the subject of another investigation”, also indicated the Pnat. “He is accused of assassinations committed in the Iraqi-Syrian zone on the basis of photographs of abuses which were found on which he appears”, he specified. In all, these are three murders committed during his stay, but the date of which could not be determined by the investigators. The man, who grew up in Montpellier, had been targeted since 2016 by an arrest warrant.

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His family also went to Syria

Captured last July by Turkish security forces near the border with Syria, he was expelled under the “Cazeneuve protocol”. This police cooperation agreement, named after the former French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, signed in 2014 by Paris and Ankara, makes it possible to intercept the French jihadists in the hands of the Turkish authorities on their return. In April 2017, a juvenile assize court sentenced him in his absence to fifteen years’ imprisonment for joining the ranks of the Islamic State group in Syria, participating in training and fighting there and urging Muslims to France to commit violent actions.

In a 7-minute video, released in November 2014 by the media branch of ISIS, Othman Garrido called for the killing of the “disbelievers” after burning his French passport. Two other compatriots, nicknamed Abu Ousama al Faransi (“father of Osama, the French”), Abu Maryam al Faransi, were at his side. Four other members of his family – his parents and two of his brothers, also gone to Syria – had also been sentenced during this trial to terms of ten and fifteen years in prison. It is not known whether they are still alive.

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