2 charged over links to Paris gunman

2015-03-13 19:43
Amedy Coulibaly. (AP)

Amedy Coulibaly. (AP)

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Paris - Two men with ties to one of the three gunmen who terrorized Paris were handed preliminary terrorism charges Friday, the Paris prosecutor said, describing hundreds of texts, regular meetings and DNA recovered from a stun gun among the belongings at a bloodied kosher supermarket.

The two men, identified as Amar R and Said M, were given preliminary charges for participation in a terrorist group with the intent to commit crime.

Prosecutors said Amar R, a jailhouse acquaintance of Paris terrorist Amedy Coulibaly, had exchanged more than 600 texts with Coulibaly from September to January and met him on 5 and 6 January. That was just a day before two brothers killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris on 7 January and before Coulibaly shot dead a policewoman on 8 January and killed four of his hostages on 9 January at a Paris kosher grocery store.

DNA from Said M was recovered from a stun gun in Coulibaly's belongings at the market, the prosecutor said.

Said M and Amar R contacted each other more than 1 200 times between February 2014 and January 2015 and saw each other regularly, the prosecutor said. The statement said the two men destroyed their telephone microchips on 9 January, the day Coulibaly and brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi were killed in separate stand-offs with French security forces.

Two other people taken into custody at the same time, including a policewoman, were released, the prosecutor said. They had been suspected of links with Coulibaly.

Europe 1 radio reported that the kosher grocery was expected to reopen on Sunday for the first time since the attacks. The printing office where the Kouachi brothers holed up for hours before coming out shooting at police remains closed.

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