Pakistani man charged with 'criminal conspiracy with terrorists' in Paris attacks

By AFP
Published: July 30, 2016
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A general view of the scene outside a restaurant following the attack in Paris. PHOTO: REUTERS

A general view of the scene outside a restaurant following the attack in Paris. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS: French authorities filed terror charges on Friday against two suspected members of the same Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November, a judicial source said.

The 29-year-old Algerian Adel Haddadi and the 35-year-old Pakistani Mohamad Usman were charged with “criminal conspiracy with terrorists”, the source said of the men turned over earlier Friday by Austrian authorities.

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Investigators believe they travelled to the Greek island of Leros on October 3 on the same boat full of refugees as two men who took part in the November 13 attacks.

Those two, thought to be Iraqis, blew themselves up outside the Stade de France stadium, one of a series of brazen assaults by around 10 people around the French capital.

But Haddadi and Usman were held up, detained by Greek authorities for 25 days because they had fake Syrian passports.

Once let go, they followed the main migrant trail and made it to Salzburg in western Austria at the end of November after the Paris attacks.

Austrian police commandos then arrested them in December at a migrant centre a few hours after French authorities informed them the men could be in the country.

Austrian police said on Friday “that during the entire journey and until their arrest the men remained in constant contact with the terror group ‘Islamic State’.”

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After his arrest, Haddadi told investigators that he wanted to go to France to “carry out a mission,” according to a statement seen by AFP.

A source close to the investigation said that Haddadi “was meant to take part in the Paris killings with his travelling companions.”

After France filed a European arrest warrant, a court in Salzburg approved at the beginning of July the transfer of the two men to France.

Usman is reportedly thought to be a bomb maker for Pakistani extremist organisations including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

India holds LeT, allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda, responsible for attacks in 2008 in Mumbai that killed 166 people.

Usman unsuccessfully appealed against his transfer from Austria, saying he would not get a fair trial in France and that he feared for his safety.

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Salzburg prosecutors added Friday that two more men, a Moroccan and an Algerian arrested eight days after the others, remained in custody.

In December prosecutors had said that the men, aged 25 and 40 at the time, were being held “because of indications of close contact” with the two now transferred to France.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Rajat
    Jul 30, 2016 - 9:55AM

    Well done Pakistan. Keep it up.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jul 30, 2016 - 10:14AM

    Why Pakistanis are involved in international terrorism? That is the difference between Indian and Pakistani Muslims, probably the mindset of Pakistani Muslims are different from Indian Muslims.to get name and fame through wrong means.Recommend

  • Titan
    Jul 30, 2016 - 11:20AM

    Another feather in the cap.Recommend

  • Lmao
    Jul 30, 2016 - 11:37AM

    More Pakistani contribution to world peace. Recommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Jul 30, 2016 - 11:38AM

    One more “feather in the Cap” of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ajeet
    Jul 30, 2016 - 11:50AM

    So Pakistan’s kashmiri assets are now getting world famous? No wonder Pakistan’s rant on Kashmir doesn’t have any sympathy whatsoever. Recommend

  • Shahdab
    Jul 30, 2016 - 12:13PM

    Should we be surprised? Recommend

  • Dessi
    Jul 30, 2016 - 12:21PM

    12 Pakistanis were arrested recently in Saudi Arbia who were involved in an attempt to blow up an historic mosque. Recommend

  • pk
    Jul 30, 2016 - 12:28PM

    Why can’t Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Bangladeshi Muslim? Why only Pakistani Muslim? Recommend

  • SB
    Jul 30, 2016 - 1:02PM

    Clearly LeT has tie-up with ISIS.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Jul 30, 2016 - 1:43PM

    LeT operative caught will strengthen India’s allegations that Pakistan is not taking any action against this dangerous organisation whose chief is roaming free threatening India time and again. Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jul 30, 2016 - 2:00PM

    @Sunil:
    What is the difference? Pakistan dont have many non-Muslims left where as India Muslims are still busy in making India an Islamic state. There is no difference between mindset. Who said Indians not involved in terrorism? What about Kashmir? Kerala and Hyderabadi Muslims joins ISIS regularly. The recruiter for ISIS was Mehdi Masroor Biswas, most of the literature come from India Deoband and Zakir Naik. Some years ago sections of RAW supported LTTE.Recommend

  • Azi
    Jul 30, 2016 - 2:01PM

    Yep blame whole 200 million people for some stupid person. Indians wont accept it when their citizens are caught trying to seduce underage girls in US and around. Nope cant blame 1 billion people.

    God indians are so petty.Recommend

  • Careless Whispers
    Jul 30, 2016 - 2:23PM

    all what I said in this reports is … They believe, they think, they etc…..Recommend

  • mind control
    Jul 30, 2016 - 3:06PM

    A. MAustrian police said on Friday “that during the entire journey and until their arrest the men remained in constant contact with the terror group ‘Islamic State’.”

    B. Usman is reportedly thought to be a bomb maker for Pakistani extremist organisations including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

    In short being a member of LeT and the IS is the same thing.

    And the Patrons of LeT are also Patrons of the IS. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jul 30, 2016 - 3:24PM

    Usman is reportedly thought to be a bomb maker for Pakistani extremist organisations including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

    Hafiz Seed expanding his enterprise far and wide.Recommend

  • Jay
    Jul 30, 2016 - 4:06PM

    Pakistan fits the label perfectly ” international migraine ” Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jul 30, 2016 - 4:23PM

    First a Pakistani person exploded a bomb near Medina a few weeks earlier. Then a day later 12 Pakistanis were arrested in Saudi for plotting terror. And now this. The world is fast shrinking for Pakistanis. Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Jul 30, 2016 - 7:26PM

    Seems like the famous IT experts from pakistan are contributing to the non-english speaking EU members. Just proves that pakistanis don’t discriminate when it comes to sharing their IT expert’s talents. Congratulations. Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jul 30, 2016 - 9:39PM

    @Rahul: You wish! Pakistan is still the front line ally to US.Recommend

  • Jul 31, 2016 - 12:48AM

    So what else is new? Terrorism is their job. Their new leader is Raheel Sharif aka Osama Jr.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jul 31, 2016 - 2:38AM

    @Azi:
    I thought that was Muslim Pakistani area of expertise as Rotterham and Kasur have proven Recommend

  • Omer
    Jul 31, 2016 - 2:38PM

    I think Army will cleanse this LeT as well after done with TTP… Pakistan can’t afford any type of mercenaries now…Recommend

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