Belgian under arrest for selling weapons to Paris Kosher market terrorist
A Belgian man is under arrest for selling weapons to Amedy Coulibaly (pictured), the terrorist who murdered four Jews
in a Paris Kosher supermarket on Friday.
Belgian media reported that a man had handed
himself in to police in the southern city of Charleroi on Tuesday,
saying he had been in touch with Amedy Coulibaly, the militant who took
hostages in a Jewish supermarket in the French capital and was later
killed by security forces.
to the reports, the man said that he swindled Coulibaly in a car sale,
but police later found evidence that the two were negotiating about the
sale of ammunition for a 7.62 mm caliber firearm.
of this caliber are needed for the Tokarev pistol that Coulibaly used
in his attack on the supermarket in Paris, where he killed four
hostages, and possibly in the shooting and injuring of a jogger two days
"The man is being held by
the judge in Charleroi on suspicion of arms dealing," a spokesman for
Belgium's federal prosecution said. "Further investigations will have to
show whether there is a link with the events in Paris," he added.
According to this report
in the Belgian Le Soir (link in French), the alleged arms dealer, Un Carolo, turned himself in because he was afraid that Coulibaly's Islamist friends would come after him for the swindle. This is from the Google translation
learned since then acquaintances of his "victim" with the Islamic state
and the jihadist circles, the Carolo, frightened, preferred to share
them with law enforcement.
The investigators conducted a home visit to the suspect and would have
found evidence confirming the words of the person concerned. They would also have found documents on negotiations on armaments. He was a little matter of particular current rating, which is the Tokarev pistol held by Amédy Coulibaly during his attack.
Labels: arms sales, Belgium, France, Islamic terrorism, Paris