W24News – EN – Chechen community under intelligence

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10/18/2020 at 6:00

The Conflans-Sainte-Honorine bombing, which claimed the life of a history and geography professor, Samuel Paty, shakes the whole country Intelligence services also “We have just gone up a notch” blows a policeman from a territorial intelligence service (SRT), the old general intelligence, the day after the events Many questions arise for the investigators of the Sdat (anti-terrorist sub-directorate), the judicial police and the DGSI (general directorate of internal security), in charge of the investigation Did the terrorist premeditate his action? Did he act alone? Was he remotely controlled by a terrorist organization? Did he show any warning signs of taking action?

At this stage of the investigations, around ten people have been taken into police custody “Among those held in custody, there is a parent of a student who was arrested on the basis of a report that we had made at the beginning of October, following the mobilization of certain parents of students from the Collège du Bois- d’Aulne against the professor victim of the attack “, confides the former RG The terrorist was born in Moscow in 2002 and of Chechen origin.”From the point of view of radicalization, the Chechens constitute the forgotten community And yet, there were alerts “, explains the policeman

On Saturday May 12, 2018, around 8:30 p.m. in the Opera district of Paris, a man armed with a knife blindly attacked passers-by He was eventually shot dead by police The toll is heavy: one dead and several injured The author, Khamzat Azimov, a 20-year-old French citizen, was born in Chechnya Without a criminal record, he was registered S (for “state security”) and registered with the FSPRT, the file of reports for the prevention of radicalization since 2016 ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing and released a video showing the young man pledging allegiance to him

In 2019, four men, including a 17-year-old minor, a “high school student of Chechen descent”, were indicted and jailed on April 30 for a thwarted attack plan “Until now, when dealing with Chechens, it was more from the angle of urban violence, for example during the events in Dijon and little radicalization,” says the SRT agent An analysis weighed by a source close to the DGSI: “This community is well identified Today there are around 300 Chechen individuals registered with the FSPRT The services are extremely vigilant on the radicalization front In 2016, Patrick Calvar, then director of the DGSI, declared before the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee, that ‘7% to 8% of people wishing to leave France for Syria or come back are Chechens’”

This whole community would include between 15000 and 20000 people on the national territory, the vast majority benefiting from the status of refugee According to the 2019 activity report of the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra), out of the 2,906 requests from people claiming to be of Russian nationality, “60% (…) come mainly from Chechens and Dagestan people claiming links , real or supposed, with combatants, or, for the Chechens, an opposition to the local regime in place”The authors also note that” traditionally few politically motivated demands have increased to reveal a trend that brings together not only different strands of civil society, but also environmental and non-traditional opposition movements”

A community that weighs little in the way of protecting refugees”For having worked in this community, they are few but very united And a certain number are capable of being very virulent and do not hesitate to use violence “, analyzes our ex-RG Solidarity from which the perpetrator of the Conflans attack could have benefited? On inquiry to answer it

Bruno Rieth

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W24News – EN – The Chechen community in the intelligence sights

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