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    PARIS, January 12. /RIA Novosti correspondent/. Imam Shelali Benshelali, the members of his family and the people connected with them, detained in France on a charge of involvement in terrorist activity, will face France's top anti-terrorist judge Jean-Luis Brugier on Monday. In France, he is believed to be the leading expert in the matters related to combating terrorism, sources in the Paris Palace of Justice told RIA Novosti.

    These people were detained on the case of the so-called Chechen cell. The group exposed in late 2002 in Paris suburbs, was named so because its members had undergone training in the camps of Chechen militants in Chechnya and recruited mercenaries for the subsequent dispatch to Chechnya.

    According to the sources, the investigation managed to get the testimony that the members of the groups had prepared a terrorist act against the Russian embassy in Paris. It is not ruled out that they also planned to stage a series of terrorist acts involving the use of poisonous substances in France and other European countries.

    According to available information, the interrogations conducted made it possible to establish that the imam's son, Menad, had staged at his parents' home experiments with highly toxic substances and told his relatives and friends about his readiness "to go over to practical actions" . Menad intended to use the toxins of botulism and ricin, one of the detained persons testified.

    According to this testimony, Menad took special training in Afghanistan in the production and use of poisonous substances, tested on animals.

    Investigation also established that the imam had shown films in his mosque about the actions of militants in Chechnya and recruited young people for participation in jihad.

    One of the imam's sons, Murad, was detained in Afghanistan during the rout of the Taliban and is being kept at the US military base in Guantanamo /Cuba/.

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