Albanian accused of helping Nice terrorist attack extradited to France – fr

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Albanian accused of helping Nice terrorist attack extradited to France – fr


An Albanian accused of supplying arms to a Tunisian terrorist who killed 86 people in Nice has returned to France after his extradition from Italy.
Endri Elezi is suspected of aiding Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who crashed into a truck in a crowd in the French coastal town on July 14, 2016. The incident became known as the July 14 attack.

Elezi, 28, was arrested on April 21 on an arrest warrant from France in the southern Italian town of Sparanize, north of Naples.

Also known as “Gino”, Elezi is accused of providing Bouhlel with an assault rifle, according to French judicial sources.

Bouhlel was gunned down by police while driving the truck he was driving through crowds on the Nice seafront, killing 86 people and injuring more than 400.

The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Nice attack, although prosecutors said there was no evidence Bouhlel pledged allegiance to the extremist group.

The attack came less than a year after the deadly November 2015 assaults that left 130 people dead in bombings and shootings across Paris, including victims at the Bataclan concert hall.

A Naples court approved Elezi’s extradition to France on Thursday evening, AGI news agency reported.

During the hearing, he denied the charges, saying, “I have never sold or supplied any weapons and I do not know any of the people involved.”

The Naples court did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation.

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