France charges Ukrainian-Russian man with terror-related crimes

A Ukrainian-Russian man detained in France was on Friday charged with plotting to commit a violent act in a "terrorist" plot, the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor's Office said.

The man had arrived in France several days ago, the prosecutors said.

France's domestic intelligence agency this week detained the man, aged 26, on suspicion of planning a violent act after he injured himself in an explosion.

The investigation will continue to identify other people "who may be involved", the prosecutors said.

The suspect was charged with participation in a "terrorist conspiracy" and possession of a substance or explosives with a view to harming people, the prosecutors said.

On Friday the injured man appeared before a judge, who was to decide whether to remand him in custody.

The man was treated by a fire brigade on Monday evening after "he suffered serious burns following an explosion", the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor's Office (PNAT) said.

"Products and materials intended to manufacture explosive devices" were found in his hotel room, the PNAT said.

After receiving medical treatment, he was taken into custody.

According to two sources close to the case, the man stayed at a hotel in the town of Roissy-en-France, home to the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

(AFP)


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