He was suspected of planning violent actions of jihadist inspiration. A 21-year-old man was indicted Friday in Paris as part of an investigation targeting at least two other boys. Originally from the Paris region, he was indicted for criminal terrorist criminal association and placed in pretrial detention, according to a judicial source.
According to a source close to the case, he was in contact with two other young men, already indicted in this judicial investigation: a 17-year-old high school student and a 21-year-old law student, both radicalized and suspected of planning violent actions. He is suspected of having wanted to take part in "punitive expeditions" with one of them, according to this source.
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On Friday evening, a liberty and detention judge (JLD) ordered his placement in pre-trial detention, because of the "risk of repetition", "very insufficient guarantees of representation" and to "avoid fraudulent consultation" with other people. When asked, his lawyer refused to comment.
Young people "in search of values"
The other two defendants, arrested in the Alpes-Maritimes and Seine-Saint-Denis, had been indicted in Paris, respectively in March and June. "The ongoing judicial investigation aims in particular to specify the nature and the state of completion of the project or projects that may have been theirs," said the national anti-terrorist prosecutor's office (Pnat) in June.
It was the activity on social networks of the high school student living in Vallauris that had alerted the investigators of the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI) and led the Pnat to open an investigation. A supporter of radical Islam, the teenager wanted to commit a knife attack, without a specific target, and was in contact with other radicalized young people of his age, all inhabitants of Europe. "They are young, between 15 and 21 years old, intelligent. Often lonely, they suffer from personal frustration and are in search of values, "said a security source.