Terror Suspects' Wife Detained
Mar. 07, 2002
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PARIS (AP) _ The wife of a French-Algerian suspect in a foiled plot to bomb the U.S. embassy in Paris has been taken into custody, judicial officials said Thursday.
Sylvie Beghal, wife of terror suspect Djamel Beghal, arrived in France on Tuesday from Iran. She is currently being held by the country's internal security service, the DST, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Sylvie Beghal remained in Afghanistan while her husband was arrested in the United Arab Emirates last July in transit to Europe and extradited to France two months later. In Paris, he was interrogated by France's top investigating judge and jailed. He has been placed under formal investigation _ a step short of charges.
In Dubai, Djamel Beghal told investigators he'd been recruited in Afghanistan for the Paris embassy plot by one of Osama bin Laden's top aides. Later in Paris, his lawyer said he recanted much of his testimony but still acknowledged attending training camps in Afghanistan.
France opened an investigation into the U.S. embassy plot on Sept. 10 _ a day before the U.S. attacks. About 10 people have been jailed in connection with the affair.
In France, Beghal, his French wife and three children lived in a working-class housing complex. The family later moved to England, where Beghal attended mosques frequented by al-Qaida operatives, and then Afghanistan.
Beghal has fingered other terror suspects, including Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunisian believed to be the designated suicide bomber at the Paris embassy.