Bulgaria to extradite Frenchman linked to Charlie Hebdo gunmen

January 20, 2015 4:23 PM

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Bulgaria to extradite Frenchman linked to Charlie Hebdo gunmen

SOFIA/HASKOVO, Bulgaria (Reuters) - Bulgaria will extradite a Frenchman who was a business partner of the two brothers who shot dead 12 people at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's offices in Paris, a court said on Tuesday.

Fritz-Joly Joachin has acknowledged his connections to the brothers and even played football with them, but he denies being part of an Islamist militant group. He is ready to be extradited to France to prove his innocence, his lawyer said.

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