On August 5, 2018, 52-year-old Djamel Beghal, whom many consider mentor of Amedy Coulibaly, the author of the attack of the hyper kosher, and that of the Kouachi brothers, who perpetrated the attack against Charlie Hebdo, will be released from prison.
France wants to expel Djamel Beghal to Algeria the day he leaves the Vezin prison in Rennes, Brittany.
Djamel Beghal was sentenced in 2013 for an escape project of the terrorist Smain Ait Ali Belkacem but he is not worried, so far, for the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Hide.
Djamel Beghal has an Algerian passport, but his lawyers insist that his life would be in danger if he returned to the country where he was born. So far, the Algerian government has not responded to requests from the French government.
On June 13, the French Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet said in an interview: “It is not yet assured that [the Algerian government] welcomes Beghal, who is no longer a French citizen.” In case of refusal from Algeria, Djamel Beghal would be placed under house arrest.
Victims’ lawyers protest against possible transfer of Beghal “For now, those who bought some weapons, but those who gave the ideas, those who have indoctrinated the Kouachi brothers, have been detained”, Asks Axel Metzker.
“Once again, Beghal worked with al-Qaeda, the ones who caused the World Trade Center in 2001. How can we forget all that?”
Djamel Beghal is not an isolated case. By the end of 2019, announced the Minister of Justice, France is ready to release 50 Islamist terrorists and 450 radicalized prisoners from their cells.” 450 radicalized prisoners will be released by 2019, plus 50 Islamist terrorists,” she told the BFMTV news channel.
“There will be 20 Islamic terrorists who will leave the prison this year and another 30 Islamic terrorists next year, 450 radicalized prisoners will be released from prison by 2019. Among them, we find simple criminals who were radicalized during their incarceration….”
“Of course, I believe that everything is done to protect our fellow citizens, we are really determined to follow these people, the creation of a national office to centralize information on the most dangerous is an effective response.”
However, surveillance is no guarantee of success, the jihadist aged 19, who sliced the throat of a priest, Father Jacques Hamel, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, was monitored using an electronic bracelet at the ankle, which did not prevent him from perpetrating his crime.