French counterterrorism police have arrested the administrator of a Jihadi website who is suspected of playing a key role in financing and recruiting for Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in several countries.
The suspect — whom prosecutors call a “formidable financier of the bloodiest terrorist groups’’ — was being questioned Tuesday by anti-terrorism judge Marc Trevidic in Paris. The man faces preliminary charges of planning terrorist acts and financing a terrorist enterprise, the prosecutor’s office said.
The man, born in Tunisia in 1977, was based in the southern French city of Toulon. He was arrested Friday after a yearlong investigation, the prosecutor’s statement said. It did not give his name.
The prosecutor cited “serious and concordant evidence’’ that the suspect sent material from his computer to terrorist groups. It says he played a “central role’’ in collecting funds for terrorist groups to buy weapons.
Prosecutors say he is suspected of acting as a financier and recruiter for Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (North Africa), Fatah al Islam and the Islamic State of Iraq, among other groups.