• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Families of two Paris jihadists sue France for their 'murders'
Hasna Aitboulahcen, whose family believe she was murdered by police. Photo: AFP

Families of two Paris jihadists sue France for their 'murders'

The Local/AFP · 21 Jan 2016, 08:10

Published: 21 Jan 2016 08:10 GMT+01:00

The family of Hasna Aitboulahcen, a cousin of alleged Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud who helped him on the run and died with him in a police raid, filed a murder complaint, their lawyer said this week.

Her family however believe she was an innocent victim.

A similar complaint has been filed by the family of the man shot dead as he tried to attack a Paris police station two weeks ago.

His father also believes his son was murdered by police.

Investigators probing the Paris attacks believe Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, had found and negotiated rental of the safe house for Abdelhamid Abaaoud and his fellow jihadist.

The young woman was killed on November 18th, five days after the attacks, in a raid on an apartment in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, where police found her hiding, along with Abaaoud and fellow Belgian-Moroccan Chakib Akrouh, who blew himself up. 

Aitboulahcen played a central role after the Paris attacks that killed 130 people, finding and paying for the hideout in Saint-Denis and leading her cousin to it.

But her family believe she was an innocent party.

"I consider that Hasna Aitboulahcen is a victim," the family's lawyer Fabien Ndoumou said Wednesday.

"She was under pressure from her cousin who threatened her family and the families of her friends," he said.

Her mother, sister and brother filed a complaint against persons unknown for terrorism and murder on January 13th with Paris anti-terrorist judge Christophe Teissier, according to a copy of the complaint seen by AFP.

The same kind of complaint was filed by the father of Tarek Belgacem (see photo above), who was shot by police outside a police station in the 18th arrondissement of Paris on January 7th -  the one-year anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

He had approached police with a meat cleaver and was wearing a fake suicide bomb vest. He also allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest).

Investigators say police had warned him not to approach, but when he ignored their calls, they opened fire.

Police said they found a handwritten note on his body in which he pledged allegiance to the jihadist Islamic State group.

"This version is contested by at least three precise and detailed witness accounts by residents," Azaiez told a news conference.

Story continues below…


(Police inspect the body of Tarek Belgacem after he was shot. Photo: AFP)

Belgacem was killed for baring a weapon, Azaiez said, in what police considered legitimate self-defence. "Do you have the right to kill him because he showed a weapon?" the lawyer asked.

A legal source confirmed that the complaint of "voluntary homicide" had been lodged against persons unknown.

The father, Taoufik Belgacem, denied that Tarek was a jihadist, describing him as "normal, like all young people, a good person."

He added: "They could have fired at him without killing him."

A cousin, Ahmed Belgacem, charged that the note linking Tarek Belgacem to Isis had been planted to "hide a police error".
    

The Local/AFP (news.france@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Saudi princess 'told guard to kill Paris decorator'
Photo: Eurovizion/Flickr

"You have to kill this dog, he doesn't deserve to live," the princess allegedly said.

Paying for sex in France: Has the new law been effective?

Around 40 sex buyers are caught each month across the whole of France. Does that sound like much?

Only in France: 'Drive slowly - grape juice on the roads'
Photo: Rexness/Flickr

You know you're in France when...

France gives lift off to tough new drone laws
Photo: AFP

Time to crack down on drones, say French lawmakers.

Bienvenue en France: France cuts red tape for UK firms
Photo: AFP

France is ready to roll out the red carpet for UK firms quitting Britain because of Brexit fears.

VIDEO: Is life on a French café terrace really this bad?
Photo: Canal Plus

Bird poo, bums and butts: Is life on les terraces really as bad as this?

'Five terror plots thwarted' on Riviera since Nice attack
A police boat patrols the waters off the beach in Nice during the summer. Photo: AFP

Authorities in Nice say five potentially deadly terror plots on the French Riviera have been foiled since the Bastille Day truck attack in the resort.

IN PICTURES
French firefighters calendar to provoke global palpitations
Photo: Fred Goudon

Warning: Some readers may suffer palpitations, sweats or other side-effects when reading this story.

Why Paris beach festival could be sand-free in future
Photo: AFP

Is a beach with no sand still a beach?

Lost without translation: The struggles of Calais migrants
Communication problems in the Calais jungle camp. Photo: AFP

So many languages are spoken in the Calais jungle migrant camp but French is rarely heard.

Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Culture
The crazy French writing phrases you can't get your head around
Features
Room for improvement: Paris's matchbox apartments
'Stop telling immigrants to be French and help it happen'
Society
Take the test: How far have you assimilated into French culture?
Lifestyle
Eleven things you should know before moving to Paris
National
France's Marion Cotillard rebuffs rumours of fling with Brad Pitt
National
Eight arrested over links to Nice truck attacker
Features
Why everyone should party in a French chateau at least once
Travel
The Frenchman who hated 'Nazi-Zealand' after four-day hitch-hike fail
Culture
What's on: Ten exciting events across France in September
The 45-million year old underground shells that flavour Champagne
Features
French job speak: All the terms you need to know
'Resilient' Paris now a more appealing city than New York
National
France says it's OK to warn drivers about speed cameras
Meet Honorine, 113, the oldest person in France
Education
Grenoble named France's best city to be a student
Society
New Metro map reveals cheapest pints of beer in Paris
Business & Money
How reliant is the French economy on Paris?
Society
Here's why Parisians want to move to Bordeaux
And the 'best place to spend a weekend in Europe' is… Lyon
Analysis & Opinion
'Muslims in France must be considered ordinary citizens'
Armed guards to ride French trains from October
National
France among Europe's priciest for train travel
2,732
jobs available