A French-Algerian man suspected of al Qaeda ties and deported from Pakistan earlier this week has been charged with terror offences, French judicial officials said on Saturday.
Intelligence officials believe Naamen Meziche was once connected to al Qaeda’s so-called ‘Hamburg cell’, which planned the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
Deported on Tuesday, he was charged and remanded in custody in Paris on Friday for criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist enterprise, with a view to carrying out criminal acts, the source said. Meziche had been in Pakistani custody since being arrested in May 2012 in the southwest of the country along with three other suspected French jihadis, who were sent back to France in April and charged on the same count.
Meziche left France in the early 1990s for Afghanistan, then for Germany where he is alleged to have come into close contact with the ‘Hamburg Cell’.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2013.
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