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Spanish police arrest suspect linked to Paris attacks

Published 13/04/2016 | 15:01

Spanish police have arrested a Frenchman they believe supplied the arms to Paris attacker Amedy Coulibaly
Spanish police have arrested a Frenchman they believe supplied the arms to Paris attacker Amedy Coulibaly

Spanish police have arrested a Frenchman they believe supplied the arms to Paris attacker Amedy Coulibaly for use in the January 2015 attacks in the French capital.

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An Interior Ministry statement said Antoine Denive, 27, from the northern French town of Sainte Catherine was arrested on Tuesday in the southern coastal town of Rincon de la Victoria on a European arrest warrant.

It said a Serbian man and a Montenegrin man were also arrested.

The ministry said Denive left France several weeks after the January 2015 attacks and moved to the southern Spanish province of Malaga, where he allegedly continued illegal activity under a false identity.

The January 2015 attacks in Paris left 17 victims and three attackers dead.

Coulibaly killed four people inside a kosher market, and separately a policewoman, before dying in a shoot-out with police.

Denive was brought before the National Court in Madrid, where he denied selling weapons to attackers, but the judge ordered him kept in jail, according to a court spokesman.

The ministry said Denive was an arms trafficker with ties to Serbian arms traffickers. The arrest was coordinated by a court in Lille, France, and one in the Spanish town of Torremolinos.

A police raid on Denive's house uncovered several false documents used by him - including a valid European passport in another person's name, the statement said.

Police said they were also studying computer material found there.

There were no immediate details on what arms the Frenchman allegedly supplied to Coulibaly.

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