The anti-terrorist investigation carried out in Brest on Monday, January 20, made it possible to see more clearly the motivation of the suspects arrested. The seven people were indicted on Saturday and placed in pre-trial detention.
According to the authorities, they intended to attack two targets in the city: the arsenal and the Chinese New Year festivities, thus confirming their intentions, reported Europe 1. Since Wednesday, they have been kept at the headquarters of the GSI in Levallois-Perret near Paris after having been transferred.
On Tuesday evening, a source close to the investigation indicated that one of the arrested had been convicted in 2018 for his “apology for terrorism”. He had been arrested in the aftermath of the November 13 attacks for mimicking an automatic weapon while a police patrol was passing by, the source said.
At his home, the police had recovered 15 000 euros in cash and images of Islamist propaganda.
The men arrested on Monday were all targeted by a judicial investigation opened in December 2019 for “criminal association with terrorist and criminal intent”.
The arrested, some of whom were on file S (for State Security), were all close to the radical Islamist movement, according to a source close to the investigation.
The searches were carried out by the agents of the domestic security agency, the DGSI, but they did not discover any weapons or explosives, according to Europe 1. The RAID and the GIPN – elite tactical units of the French National Police and Gendarmerie respectively – were also mobilized for this operation.