Bulgaria rules to extradite brother-in-law of Charlie Hebdo gunman

The brother-in-law of one of the gunmen who stormed the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 is to be extradited from Bulgaria to France, a court in Sofia ruled Tuesday.

The relative, Murad Hamid, faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years in France.

Hamid, a French national, was being sought under a Europe-wide arrest warrant. France has accused him of participating in the preparation of terrorist attacks as part of a criminal organization.

On January 7, 2015, masked attackers killed 12 people at the magazine's offices in Paris. The gunmen, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, later died in a shootout with police at a hideout north-east of the French capital.

The Bulgarian state prosecution service said that Hamid travelled by train from Serbia to Bulgaria in July, claiming that he was on "a week's holiday."

The arrest warrant was issued several days later, by which point he had reached Turkey, where he was picked up by the authorities for not having a visa.

He was handed over to Bulgaria in late July, where the prosecution service described him as a threat to national security.

Last update: Tue, 16/08/2016 - 17:10
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