Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Two new arrests in the investigation into the attack in Nice – Le Figaro

VIDEO – Nearly two weeks after the tragedy, police arrested two men on Monday. Their photos were found in the mobile phone of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the killer of Nice. They were placed in police custody.

The investigation into the assassination of Nice continues to advance. Two men were arrested and placed in custody on Monday. Investigators are still trying to determine if the Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel has benefited from complicity and logistical support. Photographs of the two men were found in the mobile phone Tunisian, 31, slips a source close to the case cited by Reuters. On a cliché, one of them appears alongside the killer before the truck that was used to carry out the attack on the evening of 14 July, reports BFM TV that revealed the information.

These two new arrests came after a first wave of arrests that took place in the days following the tragedy. So far, five people from Nice killer entourage were arrested, interviewed at length in the premises of the Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate (SDAT) in Levallois-Perret before being indicted Thursday. The suspects, four men, aged 22 to 40 years and a woman of 42 years. Since then they have all been remanded in custody. The ex-wife of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel and another man were also heard to be finally released.

Investigations showed that the act of Lahouaiej Bouhlel had been “matured” for several months and had received “complicity” and “support” last Thursday said the Paris prosecutor Francois Molins. Chokri C . Mohamed Walid W . and Ramzi A . have in particular been indicted for “band killings of complicity organized in relation with a terrorist enterprise”. Ramzi A. was also indicted for “violations of the arms legislation in relation to a terrorist enterprise”, and a couple of Albanians Artan H . and Enkeledja Z . These last three are suspected of involvement in supplying the gun with which Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel fired at police before being shot.

Like the killer, never stuck for Islamist radicalization the five indicted were unknown counterterrorism services. All but Ramzi A. – sentenced to six times between 2013 and 2015 for common crimes – had a criminal record. Eighty-four people were killed on July 14 in Nice when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove behind the wheel of a truck in the crowd came to watch the fireworks on the Promenade des Anglais. The attack, which also wounded more than 300, was claimed by the Islamic State group.

(With AFP and Reuters)


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