The man who lives under permanent house arrest


For ten years since serving a prison sentence for his part in a plot to attack the US embassy in Paris, Kamel Daoudi has lived under house arrest in France, the longest anyone has been subjected to in the country. Despite his apparent renunciation of his jihadist past, he must report to the police four times per day, every day, and abide by a night-time curfew. He has been ordered to move home on five occasions, and the last has separated him from his wife and three children. New legislation now allows for the restrictive sentence to continue indefinitely, prompting Daoudi to go on hunger strike earlier this month. Michel Deléan reports.

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In 2006 a Paris appeal court sentenced Kamel Daoudi, who held dual French and Algerian nationalities, to six years in prison after he was convicted of taking part in an al-Qaeda plot to attack the US embassy in the French capital in 2001.