He is said to have been in close contact with the “Charlie Hebdo”-assassins Said and Cherif Kouachi, the French authorities on the basis of the world after the terrorist suspects: Peter Cherif was arrested last week in the East African country of Djibouti, and has now been extradited to France. He currently sits in Paris, is in custody, according to French media, “Le Monde”.

In the case of the terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” on 7. January 2015 had killed the Kouachi brothers, a total of twelve people. The two Islamists were shot dead a few days later by special units of the police. Cherif was with two friends.

Peter Cherif, 36, alias Abou Hamza, and is considered to be of possible accomplices or even the mastermind of the attack. He is to the authorities for a Long time as an Islamist known and was in France for a considerable time in custody. Since 2017, he is put out to tender because of suspected membership in a terrorist Association for the investigation.

Cherif portrayed by the Court artist and his process in France, 2011

In the past, the native of Paris, Cherif fought according to the French safety authorities for the terrorist network al-Qaeda in Iraq. There, he was arrested in 2004 and sentenced to 15 years in prison, but was able to flee in 2007 after an outbreak and went to Syria.

Later it was taken again and after France surrendered, where he served 18 months in prison, before he could settle a day before the end of the process in Yemen. The United States continued Cherif 2015 as a member of the al-Qaeda offshoot in Yemen on a list of wanted terrorists.


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