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French team arrives in Kerala to interrogate IS suspect in 2015 Paris blasts case

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

A five-member team from a French

investigation agency Wednesday reached here to interrogate an alleged Islamic in connection with the 2015 blasts, and held discussions with the NIA, which will facilitate the three-day questioning session at a jail in

The team from the French anti-terror agency will be in till Friday to interrogate Subahani Haja Moideen, a resident of Thodupuzha, at the in district.

"The five-member team from a French anti-terror investigation agency met us at Kochi today," a top (NIA) told here.

He said the team arrived in the country after an NIA court in Kochi granted them permission to interrogate Subahani, currently lodged in Viyyur

"They (the French team) will visit and meet the accused Subahani at Viyyur Central Prison, as permitted by the court, from December 5 to 7," the said.

The NIA probe revealed that Subahani knew the terrorists who carried out the attack inside a theatre in in 2015, killing over 100 people, but has feigned ignorance about the plot.

He was arrested from in 2016 in a crackdown by the NIA with the help of central security agencies and other state police, foiling designs of operatives to target some judges of and foreign tourists visiting the coastal state.

Subahani, picked up from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, was radicalised and recruited in through social media platforms. He left for from Chennai in April 2015 on the pretext of performing Umrah--Islamic pilgrimage to

After reaching Istanbul, he had crossed over with other people from and to Iraqi territory under control of ISIS, officials said.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 17:35 IST