Polish investigators confirm explosivetraces found on French suspect

26th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

WARSAW, Aug 26 (AFP) - Polish security experts confirmed on Thursday they had found traces of explosives on the clothes of a French photographer arrested earlier this month on suspicion of preparing a terror attack.

WARSAW, Aug 26 (AFP) - Polish security experts confirmed on Thursday they had found traces of explosives on the clothes of a French photographer arrested earlier this month on suspicion of preparing a terror attack.

"The result of the study will be presented during the day to the prosecutor in charge of the matter," security services spokesman Dariusz Bogaczyk told AFP.

"Traces of explosives have been found," he said. "The only thing that I can say is that the chemical substance discovered are not on sale in shops," he said.

The suspect, identified as Michael Neyrolles, 23, was arrested while taking pictures of a gas pumping station. He is under investigation for "preparing actions which can endanger human life and destroy property", officials said.

On Wednesday he was visited by the French consul in Poland.

Last week the mayor from the suspect's hometown in south-eastern France said the arrest had likely been a "huge misunderstanding" and that French authorities were working to secure his release.

His Polish lawyer has lodged a formal complaint against his arrest and requested he be freed.

As one of the leading supporters of the US-led invasion of Iraq, Poland has been ultra-sensitive about the possibility of a terror attack since receiving warnings from a group claiming links with Al-Qaeda that it faced attack unless it withdrew its 2,500 soldiers in Iraq.

© AFP

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