Friends of Paris jihadist attacker charged with terrorist conspiracy

Two friends of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the jihadists behind January`s attacks in Paris, were charged on Friday with involvement in a terrorist conspiracy, the prosecutor said.

AFP| Updated: Mar 14, 2015, 00:23 AM IST

Paris: Two friends of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the jihadists behind January`s attacks in Paris, were charged on Friday with involvement in a terrorist conspiracy, the prosecutor said.

One of the two men, identified as "Amar R.", 33, was frequently in contact with Coulibaly, who killed a policewoman in Paris on January 8 and attacked a Jewish supermarket the following day, killing four.

The prosecutor said Amar R. and Coulibaly exchanged more than 600 text messages over four months and met at least 10 times, "in particular on January 5 and 6."

Already in detention over an unrelated case, Amar R. is the boyfriend of a policewoman who was also arrested on Monday but released two days later.

Amar R. knew Coulibaly during an earlier stint in prison, where he also came into contact with a man identified as Michael A., who was already charged on January 20 with "terrorist conspiracy".

The other man charged on Friday was identified as Said M., 25, whose DNA was found on the strap of a taser in the Jewish supermarket, the prosecutor said.

He was in regular contact with Amar R. and both their mobile phone SIM cards were destroyed on January 9, on the day of the supermarket attack.

The official charge from anti-terrorist judges was "conspiring with a terrorist group with a view to committing crimes against people", the prosecutor said.

They were later due before a magistrate who would decide if they would be placed in detention until their next appearance in court.

Coulibaly`s attack on the supermarket came two days after two other jihadists killed 12 people at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine.