One of France's most wanted men, Peter Cherif, considered a high-value asset by intelligence agencies due to the information he potentially holds, is set to start serving a prison sentence after spending seven years on the run.
He is yet to be charged for any involvement in the terrorist attack on satire magazine Charlie Hebdo's office in 2015, but investigators expect to receive additional information about those behind the attack.
Earlier it was reported that the 36-year-old was extradited to France; on December 16, he was arrested in Djibouti, where he arrived from Yemen using fake documents, before being handed over to French authorities.
On January 7, 2015, Charlie Hebdo's editorial office was attacked by Islamist gunmen, resulting in 12 deaths and 11 non-fatal casualties. The attack was launched in revenge of the magazine publishing satire cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
The Kouachi brothers were eventually found and fatally shot by French police two days after the attack.
*Al-Qaeda is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.