Bulgaria delays extradition of man linked to Charlie Hebdo attackers

File: Bulgaria arrested Haiti-born Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, on January 1 on a warrant from France accusing him of kidnapping his 3-year-old son. Photo: REUTERS/Handout via Reuters TV

SOFIA - Bulgaria on Friday delayed the extradition of a French national suspected of having links to the Charlie Hebdo magazine attackers in Paris.

Bulgaria arrested Haiti-born Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, on January 1 on a warrant from France accusing him of kidnapping his 3-year-old son.

He was travelling to Turkey with the child without authorization from the mother and was stopped at the border.

The mother had accused Joachin of trying to take the child to Syria and raise him as a jihadist.

After the January 7 massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, it emerged that France also wanted Joachin as an alleged participant in the organization of the attack.

The Administrative Court in Haskovo ruled that under local laws it is not illegal for a parent to take a child abroad and refused to extradite him on kidnapping charges.

The court scheduled a new extradition procedure for Tuesday, based on the warrant linked to Joachin's alleged participation in the preparation of the Paris attack, in which 12 people were killed.

Joachin denied that he took part in the organization of the attack but admitted to knowing one of the attackers since childhood.

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