A group of radical Islamists had planned to kidnap a Jewish magistrate and prepared terrorism attacks in France before being detained, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said on Tuesday.
Molins told a press conference that the radical group Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride) led by Mohamed Achamlane planned attacks targeting at least one judge.
Some institutional targets were potentially menaced, and according to some statements made during police custody, a plan to kidnap a magistrate from Lyon, in the south of France, appeared to be in the works, Molins said. Thirteen suspected terrorists placed into police custody last week will be presented to a judge for an indictment for conspiracy to prepare acts of terrorism, according to Molins.
“All indications confirm the leading and coordinating role of the ’emir'” of Forsane Alizza, Mohamed Achamlane, who was transferred to Paris on Monday, Molins added. Last week, French police arrested 19 people suspected of radical Islamist activity, some of whom belong to the Forsane Alizza group that was banned last month.
France on Monday announced the expulsion of five radical Islamic preachers — an Algerian, a Malian, a Saudi, a Turk and a Tunisian as they promoted hatred towards the western world and made anti-Semitic statements in their sermons, according to the interior ministry. “There will be further operations, allowing us to expel a number of people who have no business in the country,” said French President Nicolas Sarkozy in recent interview with the local broadcaster Europe1.