French charge 9 in plot to free jailed terrorist

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 23, 2010 15:22

PARIS (AP) — French anti-terrorism judges on Sunday filed preliminary charges against nine people, two already convicted in terrorist cases, for an alleged plan to free one of them from prison.

Judicial officials said that Smain Ali Belkacem, convicted in 2003 of placing a bomb that blew up a Paris train line in 1995, was charged late Saturday for directing a terrorist group. The group was allegedly plotting to free Belkacem, an Algerian, from prison.

Similar charges were filed against Djamel Beghal, convicted in 2005 for a role in a plot against the US Embassy. Under house arrest, he is fighting an expulsion order to Algeria.

The officials, not authorized to speak publicly, said three members of a network sending jihadists to Iraq were also charged.


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