French terror suspects to appear before judge

16th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 16 (AFP) - Eleven suspected Islamic extremists arrested in raids around the French capital this week were to be brought before an anti-terrorist judge late on Friday, officials said.

PARIS, Dec 16 (AFP) - Eleven suspected Islamic extremists arrested in raids around the French capital this week were to be brought before an anti-terrorist judge late on Friday, officials said.

Police investigating the funding of Islamic extremists this week arrested a total of 27 people in the Paris region and uncovered a major haul of weapons, explosives and paramilitary gear in one northern suburb.

Officials said members of the group, 13 of whom have been released without charge, were suspected of taking part in armed robberies and money laundering in support of Islamic extremist movements.

Investigators had until Friday to either release or bring before a judge the majority of the suspects, who were arrested in coordinated raids on Monday.

Three others, who were arrested on Wednesday, remain in custody and may face a court hearing on Saturday, officials said.

Investigators are particularly interested in two of the suspects, both of whom have links to Algeria.

They are Ouassini Cherifi, 31, a Franco-Algerian convicted in 2002 for forging documents in relation with a terrorist enterprise, and Farid Boukemiche, 34, a French national of Algerian origin suspected of links to the Algerian militant Armed Islamic Group.

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