Paris issues warrant for Metro bomb suspect



A Paris judge yesterday issued an international arrest warrant for Abdeldrim Deneche in connection with the bombing of the Saint-Michel station in Paris last month.

The warrant came shortly after the Swedish chief procurator, Jan Danielsson, had said that the suspicion of "murder and complicity to murder" on which Mr Deneche was being held had been dropped in view of testimony that he had been in Sweden at the time of the Paris bombing. He said, however, that Mr Deneche would remain in custody for further questioning under special provisions relating to foreigners; Swedish officials said that he could face deportation.

Mr Deneche, an Algerian who has lived in Sweden since 1991, has been in custody near Stockholm since Monday when he was detained at the request of the French judge heading the Saint-Michel inquiry. The announcement of the arrest warrant was hailed by the French Prime Minister, Alain Juppe, who said it was the result of extremely hard work by French justice officials and the police conducted "in the framework of international agreements to which France and Sweden are signatory".

Earlier in the day, Mr Juppe had been one of several senior French officials to vent his anger on the French media for coverage which, he said, could jeopardise the investigation's progress. "The divulging of classified information has complicated the inquiry, placed the lives of witnesses in danger, and compromised the ability of the authorities to prevent further attacks," he said.

For his part, the Justice Minister, Jacques Toubon, announced that he had instructed the chief law officer of Paris to institute proceedings against "a person or persons unknown" for violating a secrecy order covering evidence given by witnesses in the Saint-Michel bombing case. The instruction referred to reports that appeared in yesterday's editions of the weekly Canard Enchaine and the daily le Monde, detailing evidence purportedly given by an off-duty gendarme travelling in the suburban train shortly before the bomb exploded.

Mr Toubon said the "detailed information" had been taken from the inquiry file which was classified as secret and should not have been divulged while the inquiry was in progress. Publication, he said, entailed "serious risks in cases of this nature" and could "prejudice the safety of witnesses, constrain the inquiry and increase the threat of fresh attacks".

Earlier, the Interior Minister, Jean-Louis Debre had deplored what he called the "premature report", first broadcast on the Paris-based Europe 1 radio station, about the arrest of Mr Deneche and the visit of Judge Jean-Francois Ricard to Sweden. Mr Ricard's office had said he was "on holiday".

The fury expressed by French officials yesterday reflected in part the frustrations of the inquiry and the public pressure on the authorities to find those responsible not just for the Saint-Michel bombing, but for the other two terrorist attacks in Paris that have been linked with it - the killing of the Muslim cleric, Imam Abdelbaki Sahraoui, and last week's bomb near the Arc de Triomphe.

All three attacks have been increasingly blamed on the extremist Algerian organisation, the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), which is campaigning for an Islamic regime in Algeria and against French support for the military government there.

The official anger directed at the media, however, also served to highlight the extent to which information about the inquiry has been "managed" by the French authorities. "Good news" - such as the issue of the photofit pictures, admissions of responsibility and the Ff1m reward - had a habit of being announced just in time for the main evening television news.

It now transpires, however, that much information was withheld. The GIA was clearly a prime suspect from the fourth day after the Saint-Michel bombing, when the gendarme positively identified at least one of the suspects (said to be Mr Deneche) from police photographs. That picture, and another recognised by the gendarme, were not released as photofits, presumably so as not to tip off the chief suspects.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Life and Style

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

There have been various incidents of social media users inadvertently flouting the law

Life and Style
Stack ‘em high?: quantity doesn’t always trump quality, as Friends of the Earth can testify
techThe proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin (L) offers the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the guest in the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, some 100-kilometre west of Tokyo
CSKA Moscow celebrate after equalising with a late penalty
footballCSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2: Premier League champions let two goal lead slip in Russia
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

IT Technician - 1st Line

£19000 - £21000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPOR...

Special Needs Teaching Assistant

£50 - £65 per day: Randstad Education Bristol: Special Educational Needs Teach...

Trainee Recruitment Consultant Birmingham

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Comission: SThree: The SThree group is a world lea...

Year 3 Teacher

£100 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: KS2 TeacherWould you like ...

Day In a Page

Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London