French Islamists 'planned kidnappings'

2012-04-03 12:59

Paris - Some of the 16 suspected Islamic militants detained in France allegedly planned to kidnap a Jewish magistrate and other people, a source close to the investigation said on Tuesday.

"It looks like some of them planned to carry out kidnappings including that of a magistrate who has a Jewish-sounding name," the source said.

Another source confirmed that a Jewish magistrate from Lyon in central France was to be targeted.

The head of France's Central Directorate for Domestic Intelligence (DCRI), Bernard Squarcini, said on Saturday that those arrested the previous day were French nationals involved in "collective war-like training, linked to a violent, religious indoctrination".

Some of those arrested belonged to a suspected extremist group called Forsane Alizza, he said, and had been involved in paintball gun games.

Forsane Alizza chief Mohamed Achamlane was on Monday transferred to Paris where he was to appear before anti-terror magistrates who already extended the custody of 15 other suspected Islamists arrested on Friday.

French anti-terrorism legislation allows for suspects to be held for four days, or until Tuesday.

Three of the 19 people arrested on Friday have already been released, and those still in custody could be charged later on Tuesday. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins was to hold a press conference at about midday on Tuesday.

The alleged militants were netted in anti-terrorist swoops in different French cities a week after self-confessed al-Qaeda militant Mohamed Merah was shot dead following his killing spree in which he killed seven people.

The French opposition has criticised the presence of television news cameras during the arrests as the images could be seen to bolster the chances of right-wing President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election later this month.

  • zaatheist - 2012-04-03 13:49

    The usual suspects: brain addled, murderous, racist zealots.

      Jaba - 2012-04-03 17:02

      Already 20 years ago, Dutch liberal politician Frits Bolkestein – who later became a European commissioner – courageously wrote that judged by the standards of the universal declaration of human rights, the dominant civilization of Europe at present is superior to Islamic civilization. All civilization is based on making judgments. I believe that the civilization of Rome was superior to that of Gaul. I also consider Unionist America superior to the slave-holder Confederacy and democratic post-war Germany superior to Communist East Germany.

  • Carlos - 2012-04-03 14:15

    @News24/AFP: Sarcozy's party is centre-right, not right-wing. Le Penn is right-wing. Weak reporting or hidden ideological agenda?

  • Jaba - 2012-04-03 16:52

    The murders committed by Mohammed Merah have not engendered much serious debate in France about the sources of the major Muslim incitement against the West, Israel and the Jews. For that to happen there will apparently have to be many more victims. This cynical statement truthfully expresses the current reality. What is the division between Islamists and more moderate Muslims? While intelligence services know a great deal, far too little reaches the general public. There is a population of one and a half billion Muslims, parts of which threaten the future of the entire world. Without systematic exposure of the perpetrators of incitement, it is impossible to start fighting them effectively.

      Jaba - 2012-04-03 16:58

      The aftermath of the murders demonstrates once again Western mainstream resistance to put key issues of the widespread ideological criminality and violence in Muslim societies on its agenda. The main question to be asked here is why do these phenomena in the Islamic world exceed those in any other major religious environment?

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