A Moroccan accomplice of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind behind the deadly 2015 Daesh* attacks in Paris, is being held in Poland over suspected participation in terrorist activity, Polish prosecutors said Wednesday.
"During our investigation, we found that between December 2014 and September 2016 Mourad T. was involved… with an armed crime organization — an international terrorist organization called Daesh," prosecutors said in a statement.
Local media said Mourad T. was detained 18 months ago. If convicted, he will serve six months to eight years in prison.
Mourad T. allegedly met with Abaaoud in Edirne, Turkey, in late 2014, along with Sofiane Amghar and Khalid Ben Larbi, two jihadists who were killed in a terror raid in Belgium in 2015.
"He regularly communicated with these people, met with them and along with them took part in actions linked to terrorist activity," prosecutors said.
Prosecutors stated that they found instructions on how to make explosive devices and photos of potential targets on his phone.
In February, a Belgian court began hearing the case of Salah Abdeslam, 28, a Belgian-born French national of Moroccan descent, the only surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, which left 130 people dead and over 400 injured. He was also accused of having links to the Daesh terror group. After the Paris attacks, Abdeslam managed to leave France for Belgium where he was arrested several months later.
*Daesh (also Islamic State, ISIS, IS) is a terrorist organization banned in Russia.