Swiss detain Algerian who skipped terrorist conviction parole in France


A former militant with the Algerian extremist Armed Islamic Group, which led brutal attacks in the country in the 1990s, Merouane Benhamed fled to France and was among 25 people convicted in 2006 for plotting an attack in support of Islamist fighters in Chechnya.

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An Algerian man who fled house arrest in France five years after his conviction in a terror-linked case was arrested on Thursday in Switzerland after applying for asylum, Swiss police said, reports The New York Times.