Friday, November 22, 2013

Paris Gunman Associated with Left-Wing Radicals

Abdelhakim Dekhar, the suspect arrested after a series of shootings in Paris:

[Had been] convicted in 1998 of buying a gun used in the October 1994 shooting attack by student Florence Rey and her lover Audry Maupin, who moved in left-wing circles.

Three policemen, a taxi driver and Maupin himself were killed in a case that captivated France.

Investigators at the time compared the young couple to the infamous American outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.

Witnesses at the trial described Dekhar as a mentor to the couple and accused him of exploiting their youth to manipulate them, while his former lawyers have described him as "enigmatic" and "strange".

Rey, a middle-class student hitherto unknown to the police, was tried and sentenced to 20 years in jail. She was released in 2009.

Dekhar was acquitted of armed assault but found guilty of procuring the weapon and sentenced to four years. He was released soon afterwards, having already served his time in pre-trial detention.

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