France expels ‘mentor’ of 2015 jihadist attackers to Algeria

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From Ex Patica

France on Monday expelled a radical Islamic preacher to Algeria after his release from prison, where he became a mentor to at least two jihadis who carried out deadly attacks on a satirical newspaper and a Jewish supermarket in January 2015, officials said.

Djamel Beghal was given a 10-year jail term in 2005 after being sent to France following his arrest in the United Arab Emirates shortly after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the US.

He was suspected of leading a network charged by Osama bin Laden to attack American interests in France and is considered by French officials to have been a mentor for several generations of aspiring jihadists.

Beghal, now 52 and stripped of his French nationality, was freed from the Vezin-le-Coquet prison near the western city of Rennes early Monday.

He was brought to Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris for a flight to Algiers, a source close to the case told AFP.

Beghal had been under surveillance for suspected radicalism by French intelligence agents since the mid-1990s, following his arrival in the country from his native Algeria when he was 21 years old.

While serving his first prison sentence Beghal met Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers who massacred 12 people in an attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015. Amedy Coulibaly, the man who killed a policewoman and then four shoppers at a Jewish supermarket just outside Paris that same month, also came under Beghal’s influence at the Fleury-Merogis prison south of Paris, where he also met Kouachi. After their release, both Kouachi and Coulibaly visited Beghal while he was serving out his sentence under house arrest.

The Algerian native had been under surveillance for suspected radicalism by French intelligence agents since the mid-1990s, following his arrival in the country from his native Algeria when he was 21 years old. He eventually obtained French citizenship, working in a food factory and starting a family with a French woman. They moved to Britain for a short period and he is believed to have been radicalised in a London mosque before travelling to Afghanistan in 2000.

4 Responses

  1. I observe that this evil jihadi gang boss was *stripped of his French nationality*. What he had gained, he has now lost. And he is being expelled from France. GOOD RIDDANCE. One on the way out… **thousands upon thousands more to go**, all as dangerous as this thug.. or even more dangerous.
    May this set a precedent. The idea that someone having once gained citizenship must NEVER lose it, has to be re-thought, in the face of the HIjra, the immigration-invasion, and Muslim entrisme. The concepts of stripping of citizenship, and – in the case of those gaining citizenship by ‘birthright’ – of lifelong exile – need to be revisited. Persons well versed in history and law, within the nascent Resistance to Islamisation, need to get to work, mapping out the processes by which dangerous Mohammedans who currently possess infidel-country citizenship (gained by various means) can be stripped of it, and removed.

  2. From the article – ” he is believed to have been radicalised in a London mosque ..”.

    WHICH ONE??? And is it still in operation? If it is, it ought not to be.

  3. Christina
    It was the notorious Finsbury park Mosque, which is now ‘under new management’ and was flavour of the month with the authorities even before they acquired victim status after the vehicle attack by Darren Osbourne last year.
    So no chance of it being closed any time soon.

    His wife Sylvie and the children are believed to still be living (and on British tax-payer benefits)in Leicester. I think family re-unification would be a humane thing, and the weather in Algeria will be much pleasanter for them all.

  4. Patriots, Humanes, and Ladies, // Your are being too genteel, considerate. I suggest that all family members of the perp, expellee, or domestically imprisoned terrorist be expelled, out to the at least second cousins, uncles, aunts including those who’ve married into families of those noted above. This will better ensure that family members keep watch on relatives to maintain lawful behavior. // Best to have the laws in place before the next scheduled mass murders.

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