French court charges man over priest murder


PARIS: A French court on Friday charged and remanded in custody a 21-year-old man arrested in connection with the jihadist murder of a priest in a Normandy church last month, a judicial source said. The man, the second to be held in connection with the killing of 85-year-old Jacques Hamel, was charged with “criminal association in connection with terrorism,” after his arrest on Monday in the Toulouse area, the source said. Just before the July 26 attack, the man had traveled to the Rouen region in northern France where he met Hamel’s killers Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean, both 19 years old, according to a source close to the investigation.The suspect, who is unemployed, claimed he was radicalized quickly and investigators believe he was mentally unstable, according to the source.


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