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Administrator of extremist website nabbed in France

Published: 08/07/2012 12:17:00 AM GMT
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Paris: The administrator of an extremist French website has been detained by the French authorities on the suspicion of providing financial support and making recruitments for Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in many countries of the world.

By Farhan Iqbal


Paris: The administrator of an extremist French website has been detained by the French authorities on the suspicion of providing financial support and making recruitments for Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in many countries of the world.

According to the Paris Prosecutor’s Office, the French authorities have arrested the administrator of a French website which was enticing extremism. The administrator has been alleged with the charges of playing a key role in financing and recruiting terrorists for Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in several countries across the globe.

These type of announcements are very rare in France as far as terrorism is concerned. However, the French authorities did not the disclose evidence against the arrested man. They also did not tell how much money could be involved in financing of the terrorists group.

France has made this as a first public announcement of arresting a suspected terrorist since the French President, Francois Hollande, has taken the office in May this year.

The Judge of an anti-terrorism court, Marc Trevidic, questioned the alleged terrorist in the French capital city of Paris. The prosecutors called the arrested man a “formidable financier of the bloodiest terrorist groups.”

The prosecutor’s office informed that the man is facing preliminary charges of planning terrorist acts and financing a terrorist enterprise.

The statement released by the Prosecutor’s office disclosed that the suspected terrorist was born in Tunisia in 1977 and he was based in the southern French city of Toulon. It took a yearlong investigation to arrest him on Friday last week. However, the prosecutor’s statement did not disclose the name of the man.

The prosecutor cited “serious and concordant evidence” that the suspect sent material from his computer to terrorist groups. According to the evidence, he played a “central role” in collecting funds for terrorist groups to buy weapons, but did not elaborate on how much money was involved.

Prosecutors said, “He is suspected of acting as a financier and recruiter for Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in the Arabic Peninsula, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (North Africa), Fatah al Islam and the Islamic State of Iraq, among other groups.”

He further added that the investigators studied thousands of email messages and analyzed a “considerable mass” of data. They called it an exceptionally advanced example of “the use of the Internet for terrorist ends in the domain of radical Islam.”

Analysts sometimes criticize French authorities for being too enthusiastic in nabbing terrorist suspects but their arrests do not always result in convictions. French authorities are also sometimes criticized for being lazy in acting against the terrorists.



Francois Hollande, French President

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