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France: Muslim cleared of Charlie Hebdo attack tries to join Jihad in Syria


Aaaaaalways the victims: ‘I was stunned, completely overwhelmed by the events. I’m in shock, people said horrible and false things about me on social media even though I am a normal student who lives quietly with his parents.’

After all, people were right. He was indeed a jihadi. How many more mistakes and dead bodies will it take before the powers to be wake up and start the deportation process?

Cherif and Said Kouachi, who killed 12 people in an and around the offices of Charlie Hebdo in January 2015. Cherif Kouachi's brother-in-law has now been arrested allegedly en route to Syria.

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Student who was cleared of being getaway driver in Charlie Hebdo attacks is arrested as he ‘tries to join Islamic State in Syria’ 

  • Hamyd Mourad thought to have been getaway driver during massacre
  • Classmates provided him with alibi and said he was in school at the time 
  • Was cleared of being the ‘third man’ in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack 
  • Last week Mourad was intercepted in Turkey’ trying to join Isis in Syria

A student who was cleared of being the ‘third man’ in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in France has now been arrested for allegedly trying to join Islamic State.

Hamyd Mourad, 20, was originally thought to have been the getaway driver when two Al-Qaeda operatives massacred 12 people around the Paris offices of the satirical magazine in January 2015.

There was a huge campaign aimed at releasing Hamyd, who was then a teenager, with classmates eventually providing an alibi then led to him being released without charge.

Hamyd Mourad, 20, was originally thought to have been the getaway driver when two Al-Qaeda operatives massacred 12 people around the Paris offices of the satirical magazine

But now – in what appears to be another huge failure by France’s security agencies – Mourad was intercepted in Turkey’ on July 28th as he tried to join the Isis caliphate in Syria.

Mourad, who remained on a terrorist watch list in France, was deported to Bulgaria, where he remains in a detention centre awaiting his return to France.

Paris intelligence sources told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that material found in Mourad’s backpack, including a phone and laptop computer, made him a clear ‘candidate for jihad’.

It added that anti-terrorism prosecutors in Paris had ‘opened a judicial investigation in order to issue a European arrest warrant for him.’

There was a huge campaign aimed at releasing Hamyd, who was then a teenager, with classmates eventually providing an alibi then led to him being released without charge

There was a huge campaign aimed at releasing Hamyd, who was then a teenager, with classmates eventually providing an alibi then led to him being released without charge

Mourad was the brother-in-law of Cherif Kouachi, who carried out the murders at Charlie Hebdo with his brother Said Kouachi.

The pair used AK47s to assassinate writers and cartoonists whom they accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed, before they themselves were later gunned down by police commandos.

In the hours after the attack, Hamyd’s name was released as a prime suspect and a manhunt was launched.

Hamyd handed himself into a police station in his home town of Charleville-Mezieres, some 160 miles from Paris, and was held and interrogated for more than two days.

Mourad was the brother-in-law of Cherif Kouachi, who carried out the murders at Charlie Hebdo with his brother Said Kouachi (pictured: Mourners remember those who died)

Mourad was the brother-in-law of Cherif Kouachi, who carried out the murders at Charlie Hebdo with his brother Said Kouachi (pictured: Mourners remember those who died).

After being released without charge, Hamyd said: ‘I was stunned, completely overwhelmed by the events.

‘I’m in shock, people said horrible and false things about me on social media even though I am a normal student who lives quietly with his parents.’

The Charleville-Mezieres prosecutor confirmed that Mourad had just finished the first year of a science and technology course at university, had been ‘reported missing’ by his family on July 25th.

Many of the terrorists involved in lethal attacks in France and Belgium since the Charlie Hebdo atrocity were on watch lists.

The two Isis affiliated teenagers who murdered a Roman Catholic priest in Normandy last month had both tried to join the Isis caliphate via Turkey before being deported.

Back in France, one was electronically tagged for a few hours a day, but they were otherwise free to do what they wanted.

2 thoughts on “France: Muslim cleared of Charlie Hebdo attack tries to join Jihad in Syria

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