An armed operation
": at his appeal trial in Paris, the French jihadist Tyler Vilus told Monday his departure from Syria to Europe in the summer of 2015 to commit an attack, a dark design thwarted by his arrest at Istanbul airport.
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Both fighter, squad leader, online proselyte, recruiter and member of the Islamic State group's police, according to the prosecution, this
” must answer for crimes committed between 2013 and 2015 in Syria.
In the first instance, he was sentenced to thirty years in prison.
Throughout the investigation, the accused maintained that he had left Syria to desert ISIS and move to Mauritania with his family.
Before finally acknowledging, at his first trial in 2020, that he was returning to Europe to commit an attack.
A project that he detailed Monday at the appeal hearing.
He wanted to fight an army
According to his story, plunged for two and a half years in the war in Syria, Tyler Vilus is in early 2015 in search of a new "
IS then controls a large swath of territory, from Iraq to the Turkish border, and the clashes mainly boil down to territorial battles between jihadists, he laments.
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I wanted more a front which looked like the beginnings in Syria, to fight an army
Of his own accord, he assures us, he therefore decides to “
go to Europe to commit an attack
", translates the president of the special assize court.
Tyler Vilus inform Abdelhamid Abaaoud, future coordinator of the attacks of 13 November 2015 and, according to investigators, his former brother in arms in the ultraviolet "
Brigade of immigrants
" of the EI. "
It m ' asked if I wanted to go out with a team, I told him that I preferred to work alone
”, assures Tyler Vilus.
I was in something much more organized
During these decisive months, the ISIS external operations cell, on which Abaaoud depends, organized the infiltration of fighters into Europe to carry out mass killings.
In Shaddadi, in eastern Syria, Tyler Vilus shaves his thick beard and leaves his arsenal to his family: “
a Kalashnikov over there can sell for $ 3000.
And with 3000 dollars, they can live a little while
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An hour before his departure, he goes to see his best jihadist friend to tell him about his project and say goodbye to him. “He
was a fighter, he's going to die. I was going to Europe. We knew we were never going to see each other again
”. Tyler Vilus smuggles across the Turkish border, from where he takes a bus to Istanbul. He hangs out there for a week to test the credibility of the Swedish passport provided to him by Abaaoud, an authentic document but with the photo and name of another. “
It was going relatively well,
” he says. This same passport that will cause his fall ...
The Assize Court presses him on his plan for an attack and inquires about a possible link with the attacks of November 13, carried out a few months after his arrest and by some of his relatives in Syria. The thirty-something, not implicated in this “
it. He assures us that he did not have a "
I know from experience that the plans are not worth much,
" he said. He sought above all to settle in the Schengen area to "
" and, in all discretion, to develop his own attack.
I am not in a pattern of people who take a car and rush (on a crowd, Editor's note).
I was in something much more organized, which takes a lot more time.
An armed operation, potentially on the
police, ”loose Tyler Vilus, who has acquired significant military experience while fighting in the jihadist ranks.
Verdict Tuesday, he risks life imprisonment
On July 2, he bought a ticket to Prague in cash on the same day.
But when boarding, Turkish police tick on his Swedish passport and unmask him.
Placed in an administrative detention center, he was deported to France three weeks later.
The indictment and pleadings will be held on Tuesday, the verdict is expected at the end of the day. Tyler Vilus faces life imprisonment.