Arrested Islamists linked to Chechnya network

14th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 14 (AFP) - Two Algerian men were to appear before a French anti-terrorist judge Friday on suspicion of belonging to an underground Islamist network with links to Chechnya, judicial officials said.

PARIS, May 14 (AFP) - Two Algerian men were to appear before a French anti-terrorist judge Friday on suspicion of belonging to an underground Islamist network with links to Chechnya, judicial officials said.

The two were being questioned at the headquarters of the domestic intelligence service, the Territorial Surveillance Directorate (DST). The wife of one of the men who was also in detention has been released, the officials said.

One of the two men was arrested in the Paris region on Monday, and is suspected of having contacts with Islamists in Spain where he made frequent journeys. The other man was already in custody suspected of trafficking false identity papers.

In December 2002 anti-terrorist investigators looking into a network for recruiting Islamist fighters in Chechnya arrested several members of a group allegedly planning an attack in Paris. The two detainees are believed to have links with them.

© AFP

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