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Alleged Jihadi Rachid Rafaa Finally Behind Bars After Being Recaptured By French Authorities

Rachid Rafaa

IN CUSTODY: Rachid Rafaa

MORNE ROUGE, Martinique – An alleged terrorist who escaped house arrest in Martinique last month, is now back in custody.

Rachid Rafaa was recaptured on Sunday, near the bungalow in the northern town of Morne Rouge where he had been held under house arrest for two years, according to media outlets in the French overseas territory.

The 40-year-old Moroccan had escaped on July 27, but police say they got a tip that he had been going back to the house regularly to get food and that’s how they managed to capture him.

The St. Lucia Times reported that Rafaa appeared in court on Monday and was remanded to prison. He faces up to three years in jail for the escape.

The online newspaper added that an inquiry is now underway to determine whether he had any accomplices, and what he did during his 26-day run.

Rafaa has been accused by Moroccan authorities of being a member of al-Qaeda and using his computer skills to disseminate information on behalf of the terrorrist group.

He has denied any connection to the jihadist movement. Rafaa was arrested in France in 2009 and transferred to Martinique after the European Court of Human Rights agreed not to extradite him to Morocco for fear he may be tortured.

He had been under house arrest in Martinique since May 15, 2014.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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