Paris lawyer suspected of "financing of terrorism" placed in police custody

Illustration of a lawyer's dress. – KONRAD K./SIPA

A Parisian lawyer, defender including French jihadists parties to join Daesh in Iraq and
Syria, was placed in custody on Tuesday for suspicions of "financing of terrorism", it was learned from a source familiar with the matter.

The lawyer is suspected by the investigators of the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI) to have paid money to an intermediary supposed to exfiltrate from Iraq, Maximilien Thibaut, a jihadist from the Paris region, said this source, confirming information from the Parisian.

Sentenced to life

According to the daily, Maximilien Thibaut, 33, had gone to join Daesh in 2015 and is now missing. He is the husband of Mélina Boughedir. This young French girl has been
sentenced in June 2018 to life in Baghdad for joining the terrorist group, a sentence that amounts to twenty years' imprisonment under Iraqi law.

She had escaped the death penalty but had become the second French sentenced to life in Iraq, less than two months after Djamila Boutoutaou. Both had pleaded to have been duped by their husbands, now untraceable.