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Aide of landlord who housed terror suspect in custody

In this file picture taken on November 18, 2015 Police officers gather in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis city centre, as French Police special forces raid an appartment, hunting the perpetrators of the Paris attacks
In this file picture taken on November 18, 2015 Police officers gather in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis city centre, as French Police special forces raid an appartment, hunting the perpetrators of the Paris attacks KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

A man suspected of helping the ring leader of the Paris atrocities hide from police, has been placed under formal investigation, it emerged Saturday night. The 25 year old is being held on charges of conspiracy with a criminal group to commit terrorism.

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Judges reproach the suspect, known only as Mohamed S., for putting in touch two of Abdelhamid Abbaoud’s acquaintances: his cousin Hasna Ait Boulahcen and his landlord: Jawad Bendaoud.

With S.’s help, the cousin of the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks --Hasna Ait Boulahcen--, was introduced to Jawad Bendaoud--the landlord who provided the Belgian bomber with a hideout-- until he was killed by police in a massive raid in the Saint Denis area of Paris, on November 18.

The day before, investigators saw Bouhlahcen talking to a man resembling the Bendaoud, the landlord who allowed Islamic State terrorists responsible for the Paris attacks to hide in his flat.

Both were introduced by Mohamed S. The latter is believed to supply the terrorist's cousin with cocaine, and he later met Bendaoud in prison when they were both doing time.

French prosecutors have charged S. with conspiracy with a criminal group to commit terrorism.

So far only Jawad Bendaoud, the unsuspecting landord has been charged for aiding and abetting terrorists.

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