Peter Cherif, one of the most wanted jihadists in the world and suspected of being one of the masterminds of the attacks on the satirical weekly "Charlie Hebdo" in 2015, is in police custody in France, where he arrived from Djibouti, a country where who was arrested last 16.
"Peter Cherif is in police custody in France controlled by our security forces, I welcome the effectiveness of our services and the international exchanges of information that have allowed his arrest," French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced today on Twitter. .
The owner recalled that Cherif, 36, "had fled the French Justice" (in March 2011) and now "must answer for their actions."
The jihadist is the subject of an investigation opened by the Paris Prosecutor's Office in May 2017 and carried out by the secret services on charges of "association of terrorist criminals".
Investigators suspect that the jihadist is one of the masterminds of the attack on January 7, 2015, when the Kouachi brothers murdered 12 people in "Charlie Hebdo," although they have not yet been able to prove the direct link in this attack.
However, they have documented the long relationship between Cherif and the brothers Cherif and Saïd Kouachi, which dates back to the late 1990s, after being found in the Buttes Chaumont neighborhood of the French capital, in the 19th district (northeast ).
The researchers consider that from 2003 their positions became radicalized.
A few months later, Peter Cherif moved to Iraq through Syria. He was one of the first French to travel to the field of action of the Islamic State (IS).
Captured by the coalition that fought the IS and sentenced in Iraq to 15 years in prison, he escaped in March 2007 and was arrested again by the French forces in Syria the following year.
Extradited to France, the Justice did not impose precautionary measures, reason why it fled in March of 2011 before there was sentence against him.