France holds suspect in 9/11 investigation

22nd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 21 (AFP) - French authorities on Tuesday placed a suspected Islamic extremist under judicial investigation as part of an inquiry into the September 11 attacks in the United States, judicial sources said.

PARIS, Sept 21 (AFP) - French authorities on Tuesday placed a suspected Islamic extremist under judicial investigation as part of an inquiry into the September 11 attacks in the United States, judicial sources said.  

Mohamed Laraichi was arrested on last week along with four others in the eastern French city of Colmar. The four others have been released without charge.  

The suspect, who runs a computer shop in Colmar, faces charges of "criminal conspiracy in relation with terrorist activities," the sources said. A court hearing has been scheduled for Friday.  

Investigators are trying to establish the relationship between Laraichi,  whose age and nationality have been withheld, and Karim Mehdi, a Moroccan national placed under investigation in June 2003 as part of the same inquiry.  

Mehdi had been in close contact with one of the September 11 suicide bombers, Ziad Jarrah, a member of the so-called Hamburg cell.  

Hamburg, in northern Germany, is believed to have been a rear base for the plotters behind the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington that killed more than 3,000 people.

 

 

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