The be suspicious ofed ISIS jihadist, who has been linked to a ris terror cell, wishes be heard by counter-terrorism judges on Wednesday.
On August 21, 2015, Ayoub El Khazzani is accused of hop aboard a ris-bound Thalys train armed with a Kalashnikov, an spontaneous pistol, a bottle of petrol, and razor blades.
The Moroccan was quickly vanquished by three US citizens, two of whom were soldiers.
Two people were mistreated in the attack, but the three Americans were awarded the Legion of Honor – France’s merriest civilian decoration – for their bravery.
The 26-year-old extremist was on the French control’s terrorism watch list at the time of his arrest, and is currently being kept in a maximum-security glasshouse located in the ris region.
Mr El Khazzani is said to have become radicalised in S in, and to secure travelled to ISIS-controlled Syria before returning to the EU.
Mr El Khazzani has only vocal once before: hours after the attack, he told police that he was unsettled, and that he had come across the stash of weapons in a Belgian rk, a stash he unambiguous to use to rob ssengers.
He firmly denies being a terrorist.
But French counter-terrorism officials have the courage of ones convictions pretend that Mr El Khazzani was linked to the ISIS terror cell behind the ris slaying, and that the high-speed train attack was orchestrated by the now deceased Belgian combating Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the November 2015 ISIS attacks.
According to the French continuously Le Monde, Mr El Khazzani acted on direct orders from Mr Abaaoud.
The daily also reports that the jihadists had entered Europe posing as migrants, and that the two had met up during their journeys.
French authorities hope that Mr El Khazzani will help designate fresh light on ISIS’s EU-based hit squads and sleeper cells – and on the hazards threatening Europe – during the long-awaited court hearing.
Mr El Khazzani’s bencher, Sarah Mauger-Poliak, said: “My client said that he was willing to talk there the attack. But we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”