By Cathy Elelman • 24 October 2019 • 13:30
WANTED: The French authorities accuse the 26-year of crimes including arms trafficking, membership of a criminal organisation and manslaughter.
CREDIT: Almeria Policia Nacional
ALMERIA police have arrested a fugitive from French justice facing a life sentence for at least seven crimes.
Police said they detained 26-year old M.S. during document checks on passengers arriving at Almeria port on a ferry from Nador in Morocco.
Officers confirmed the French authorities issued an international arrest warrant for the man on September 23 for crimes including arms trafficking, membership of a criminal organisation and manslaughter.
The sentence issued by a Paris court on September 6 concludes M.S. had between January and July this year illegally acquired explosives, weapons of war, banned arms and ammunition, which he transported through France, Belgium and Holland. Also, that he was involved with a homicide.
According to police, the 26-year old had along with his brother acted to distract the attention of the target during a hired assassin’s hit on a man in a Paris street in July. Witnesses said the victim was shot several times with a Kalashnikov, the gunman then throwing the weapon in a rubbish bin and running off.
The French authorities said the killing was related to the detainee’s theft of watches owned by the victim.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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