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Peter Cherif placed in police custody on his arrival in France

Peter Cherif in Djibouti, where he was arrested on the 16th of December./ Ph. Hussein Hersi - AFP
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French jihadist Peter Cherif, arrested in Djibouti on the 16th of December, was placed in custody when he arrived in France on Sunday morning announced French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner.

Peter Cherif, suspected of being involved in Charlie Hebdo attacks, the French satirical newspaper in 2015, «had fled the French justice», said the minister in a tweet.

According to the Djibouti presidency, Peter Cherif, 36, was arrested on the 16th of December in Djibouti, he arrived there by sea via the coastal town of Obock, from Yemen, carrying a fake ID.

Arrested for the first time in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004 while fighting in the ranks of al-Qaeda in, Peter Cherif was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Baghdad. He escaped from an Iraqi prison in March 2007 before joining Syria.

Extradited later to France, he was held for 18 months and disappeared in March 2011, the last day of his trial in Paris and fled to Yemen.

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