Spanish police arrest man suspected of arming Islamist militants

uni1460649555{BNN/} MADRID, Spain: The Interior Ministry in Spain has confirmed reports that the Spanish police had arrested a French man who is suspected to have supplied weapons used by Islamist militants in deadly attacks in Paris in January 2015 that left 17 people dead.

The ministry said in a statement that Antoine Denive, a 27-year-old from Sainte Catherine in France was arrested in Rincon de la Victoria, a town close to Malaga on Spain’s southern coast.

It further revealed that two other men from Serbia and Montenegro, linked with arms trafficking were also arrested in the raid.

According to reports, the police explained that Denive “left the neighbouring country (France) weeks after the Paris attacks to escape police action, and settled in the province of Malaga from where he continued his illegal activities using fake papers. It’s also been determined that his activities were linked with people of Serbian origin, who may have facilitated his access to arms and munitions.”

Denive allegedly supplied weapons to Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly, who had shot and killed a policewoman on January 8, 2015. The next day he is said to have attacked a supermarket in Paris, held hostages and killed four people before being shot down by the police.

Coulibaly was also established as an accomplice of the Kouachi brothers who had stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killing 12 people.

Reports also quoted the spokesperson for Spain’s High Court as saying that Denive denied the charges but has been kept in jail based on the judge’s order. He will reportedly be tried in France.

No terrorism charges have been brought against him yet indicating that he might have been unaware about how the weapons were being used.

According to reports, Denive left France weeks after Coulibaly attacked the supermarket and settled in Malaga in Spain, where he continued to deal in arms.READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.