suspects in prison, including soldiers


Five of the ten suspects taken into custody Tuesday in an investigation into a vast arms trafficking in France, were indicted on Friday and four imprisoned.

A 31-year-old soldier and a 57-year-old man were remanded in custody. Two other suspects, a 31-year-old former soldier and a 30-year-old man, requested time to prepare their defense before the liberty and detention judge and were jailed pending this debate.

A fifth 25-year-old has been placed under judicial supervision.

All five were indicted for “acquisition, possession, transfer and transport in assembly of weapons of categories A and B in assembly” and “criminal association”.

Four of them are also being prosecuted for “possession of category C weapons”, one for “carrying and transporting category D weapons without legitimate reason” and one for “weapon modification”.

The five other suspects were “still under judicial notice” this Friday evening.

Suspected of having supplied weapons to the ultra-right and in the midst of drugs

The ten men are suspected of having supplied weapons to drug traffickers and supporters of the ultra-right.

Among the ten suspects, “one of them was known to be a far-right sympathizer while another was” stuck S “because of his links with the ultra-right”, specifies the daily The world.

Among them, a soldier assigned to the East

Two soldiers are implicated in this arms trafficking: one works at the Ministry of Defense, the second is assigned to a base in eastern France.

According to TF1, which had revealed the crackdown, some suspects were buying from private collectors assault rifles, automatic pistols and machine guns rendered inoperative. “This arsenal was then made active again, remilitarized, before being sold on the black market to the highest bidders,” the channel said.

The ten men were arrested Tuesday in Ile-de-France, in the east and the south of France by the brigade of repression of banditry (BRB) of the judicial police of Paris. “Several tons of weapons and ammunition were seized and a cache of weapons was discovered during the searches”, specifies The world.

A judicial investigation, entrusted to investigating judges of the specialized interregional jurisdiction of Paris (Jirs), had been opened on June 25, 2020.


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