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Al-Qaeda in Yemen: French jihad veteran Peter Cherif will be tried at the assizes


Two anti-terrorism investigating judges on Friday ordered a trial before the specially composed assize court of jihad veteran Peter...

Two anti-terrorism investigating judges on Friday ordered a trial before the specially composed assize court of jihad veteran Peter Cherif, for his terrorist activities in Yemen between 2011 and 2018, AFP learned on Tuesday from sources close to the case.

The judges consider that this Frenchman nicknamed Abou Hamza notably "

facilitated the integration

" within Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqpa) of one of the Kouachi brothers, Chérif, one of the two attackers of Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 in Paris, and that he had "


" of

the "mission

" to commit an attack in France entrusted to his childhood friend, which he disputes.

Organized kidnapping

In general, Peter Cherif, 40, "

acknowledged, after meeting Anwar al-Aulaqi

", a radical American-Yemeni preacher, senior Aqpa official killed by drone in September 2011, "

having participated in the military activities of the group , in particular having fought ''briefly'' according to him, having contributed to the manufacture of improvised explosive devices, in search of targets for the attacks...

", according to the order.

More particularly, this father of two children, will be judged in particular for having "


" in

the "sequestration

" in an organized gang in mid-2011 for more than five months of three French nationals, members of the NGO Triangle Humanitarian Generation.

His lawyers, Me Ouadie Elhamamouchi and Sefen Guez Guez, declined to comment immediately.

Also known as Abou Hamza, the name of Peter Cherif has appeared since the early 2000s in the register of jihadist-inspired terrorism.

The Americans arrested him in 2004 while he was fighting in Fallujah in Iraq, this country condemning him two years later to 15 years in prison.

Escaping in 2007 to go to Syria, he was expelled in early 2008, transferred to France and indicted for criminal association.

A time imprisoned, he was tried in Paris in early 2011 but disappeared from the territory just before his sentence to five years in prison.

Peter Cherif fled to Yemen, via Tunisia and Oman.

He will spend seven years there, before going to Djibouti in September 2018 under a false identity and being arrested there three months later, before a return trip to France and a return to detention.

Source: lefigaro

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