The family of Hasna Aitboulahcen – the young woman who was killed in a police raid targeting the ringleader of the November 13 attacks in Paris, Abdelhamid Abaaoud – has filed a murder complaint over her death, their lawyer said on Wednesday.
Aitboulahcen, 26, died in an apartment in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on November 18 where she had been hiding out with Abaaoud, her cousin, and a third suspect, Belgian-Moroccan Chakib Akrouh.
Although Aitboulahcen was initially believed to have blown herself up during the raid, it was later revealed that Akrouh was in fact the suicide bomber.
It now appears that her family is looking to establish who exactly was responsible for her death. On January 13, her mother, sister and brother filed a complaint against persons unknown for terrorism and murder with an anti-terror judge in Paris, according to a copy of the document seen by AFP.
"I consider that Hasna Aitboulahcen is a victim," the family's lawyer, Fabien Ndoumou, said.
"She was under pressure from her cousin who threatened her family and the families of her friends," he added.
Ndoumou also called for a burial permit for Aitboulahcen, whose body, according to him, is still at the forensic institute in Paris.
"This goes against Muslim rites," he said.
Aitboulahcen played a central role after the attacks in Paris, which claimed the lives of 130 people, finding and paying for the hideout in Saint-Denis.
She also, however, unwittingly led police to the apartment. Already under surveillance as part of a separate drugs investigation, investigators tracked her phone to where she and Abaaoud were holed up. Police fired more than 5,000 bullets during the assault, which lasted over seven hours.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Date created : 2016-01-21