An Afghan repatriated to France, presumed close to the Taliban by the French authorities, was placed under surveillance as well as four other repatriates close to him, learned Monday, August 23 from the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin.
These five men were the subject of a “Individual administrative control and surveillance measure” (Micas), provided for under anti-terrorism laws.
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One man particularly caught the attention of the authorities: “Even if this person greatly assisted in the evacuation of the French embassy, we believe that he may be linked to the Taliban”, explained the minister to AFP.
The DGSI “did the job it could not do in Kabul”
According to the order taken by the minister and consulted by AFP, this man admitted his membership of the movement and admitted to having carried arms as responsible for a Taliban roadblock in Kabul.
“In front of the extremely strong difficulties of being able to carry out security investigations on the people to be repatriated”, the French authorities “Have agreed to embark this person and his family”, added the minister.
When the flight arrives in Abu Dhabi, the Directorate General of Internal Surveillance (DGSI) “Did the job she couldn’t do in Kabul” by conducting security talks, he explained.
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Upon his arrival in France this weekend, he was notified of the Micas, as were three of his relatives. “For the time being not directly suspected”. As for the fifth man, “We saw after a DGSI investigation that he had links with these people even though he had come separately”, detailed the minister.
The five are under “Supervision of the DGSI” and are subject to “Restriction of liberty”, he clarified. “I have not had any other feedback from the DGSI” as to other nationals who may be affected by such measures. “However, we are extremely attentive”.