Brother-in-law of Charlie Hebdo attacker to appear in court in Bulgaria on August 9

Mourad Hamyd, brother-in-law of Charlie Hebdo attacker Cherif Kouachi, is to face a Bulgarian court on August 9 in connection with suspicions that he intended becoming a “foreign fighter” for Daesh, the terrorist organised crime group that calls itself the “Islamic State”.

This was confirmed on August 7 by Bulgaria’s Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova, who spoke to reporters while inspecting the Bulgarian-Serbian border along with her counterpart from Belgrade, Nebojša Stefanović.

Buchvarova said that Hamyd had been taken into custody because he exhibited behaviour typical of a would-be “foreign fighter”. She declined to disclose Hamyd’s whereabouts or in which court his case will be heard.

French media reported earlier that Hamyd (20) was suspected of trying to join Daesh. It had been thought that Hamyd was a third member of the group that carried out the January 2015 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

Reportedly, Hamyd was intercepted at the Bulgarian – Turkish border in late July, after not being allowed to remain in Turkey. His family had reported him missing on July 25.

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