"French ex-policeman captured waging jihad in Mali" France 24, March 18, 2013
The sister of an Algerian-born French jihadist captured fighting French forces in northern Mali has revealed that her brother had served as a policeman in France, and hoped he would “pay dearly” for betraying his country.
A French citizen caught in early March waging jihad in Mali against his own country was once a serving police officer, his sister revealed on Monday.
Named only as Djamel, the 37-year-old French national of Algerian birth had joined the gendarmerie, a national police force that is part of the French military, at the end of the 1990s.
He then moved on to the plainclothes BAC (Anti-Criminal Brigade) and had ambitions of joining France’s notorious CRS riot police, his sister “Sonia” (not her real name) told RTL radio.
But when his career in law enforcement ended and his marriage broke down, Djamel drifted towards religious extremism before finally setting off to wage holy war in Africa.
He was taken prisoner at the beginning of March during French-led operations in northern Mali to flush out Islamists who had occupied the vast semi-arid region for ten months.