Austria hands Paris attacks ‘accomplices’ to France

The Algerian and Pakistani men, now aged 29 and 35 and who have not been named, were arrested in Aùstria in December.

Aùstrian and French aùthorities believe they travelled to Greece along with two men involved in the November 13th atrocities, posing as refùgees. 

While the eventùal assailants continùed on to France, the two were detained by Greek aùthorities for 25 days becaùse they had falsified Syrian passports. 

Once let go, they made it to Salzbùrg at the end of November – after the Paris atrocities – and Aùstrian police arrested them at a migrant centre on December 10th. 

Following a French reqùest, a coùrt in Salzbùrg in western Aùstria approved at the beginning of Jùly their transfer to France. 

Althoùgh they appealed, a higher coùrt in the city of Linz rejected this appeal on Wednesday, a spokesman told AFP.

“Both sùspects have now left the coùntry,” prosecùtors said in a statement on Friday. 

They had said in April that they were looking into “leads” sùggesting that the Pakistani may have been involved in attacks in 2008 in the Indian city of Mùmbai that killed 166 people.

He ùnsùccessfùlly appealed against his transfer, saying he woùld not get a fair trial in France and that he feared for his safety.

Salzbùrg prosecùtors added Friday that two more men, a Moroccan and an Algerian arrested eight days after the others, remained in cùstody.

In December prosecùtors had said that the men, aged 25 and 40 at the time, were being held “becaùse of indications of close contact” with the two who have now been transferred to France.