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Brother-in-law of Charlie Hebdo attacker arrested in Turkey

France commemorated the victims of last year's shooting at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
France commemorated the victims of last year's shooting at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Reuters/Yohan Valat/Pool

Hamyd Mourad, the brother in law of Cherif Kouachi, one of the Charlie Hebdo attackers, was arrested in late July in Turkey.

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According to a source close to the investigation, he was detained on suspicion of wanting to travel to Syria.

Wrongly portrayed on social networks after the January 2015 attack as the third assailant, Mourad was deported from Turkey and placed in a detention centre in Bulgaria on July 28, the source confirmed to the weekly Journal du Dimanche.

A judicial investigation was opened on July 29 by the anti-terrorism section of the Paris prosecutor's office to issue a European arrest warrant against the 20-year-old Mourad whose sister was married to Sharif, the younger of the two Kouachi brothers. Cherif and his brother Said attacked the Charlie Hebdo office in January 2015, killing 12 people.

Mourad was placed in custody for 48 hours after the attack, before being released without any charges.

In an interview after the attack, Murad termed the it as a horrible crime. “I was stunned and completely overwhelmed. I think of the victims and their families.”

“I'm in shock. People said horrible and untrue things about me in social networks while I'm a normal high school student who lives quietly with his parents” he had said.

- with AFP

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