The French judiciary has formally indicted five people arrested in the investigation that followed the massacre in Nice. The arrested men are considered accomplices of the assailant Mohamed Lahoualej Bouhlel, announced the Public Prosecutor of Paris. Three of the five arrested people were formally charged with “complicity in murder committed by a group with terrorist connections”, whereas the other two were charged with “violation of the law on arms in relation to a terrorist organization”; for the five of them was confirmed prison custody.
The investigation has showed that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the mass murderer who had driven a lorry into the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais, had received logistical support from at least five people. Prosecutor of Paris Francois Molins mentioned an actual support network behind the mass murderer.
The first arrested man is Ramzy A., a 22 year-old French-Tunisian who was detained last Saturday and previously convicted six times for common law crimes from 2013 to 2015. And He was the recipient of the text message the mass murderer had sent before driving a lorry into the crowd. An Albanian couple, Artane H., clean record, and Enkeledja Z., his French-Albanian partner are also under arrest. The man is suspected of having provided a the 7.65 caliber gun to the mass murderer.
The fourth indicted is a Tunisian man with a clean record, Choukri C., 37, who was detained on Sunday. Investigators suspect that both he and the individual designated by Bouhlel as the recipient of a new arms supply in another text message sent to Ramzy a few minutes before the assault.
Finally, the last indicted is Mohamed Whalid G., a French-Tunisian man of 40, detained last Friday and, according to the police, an old acquaintance of the murderer. The man had been living in Nice for several years and it seems that he was the cause of his friend’s quick radicalization.