The man, who was placed on a French evacuation flight after he helped the embassy evacuate, was placed under house arrest and surveillance because authorities “suspected this person to have or to have had ties with the Afghan Taliban government,” French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.
He was then placed in custody after breaking the terms of his house arrest “for a few minutes,” Darmanin confirmed to Franceinfo on Tuesday.
“He is an Afghan man who, when the embassy was evacuated, helped French citizens and people who worked for France get out during an incredibly tense moment and who probably saved lives,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal told BFMTV .
Darmanin said that “there was no fault” in this case.
“More than 1,000 Afghans and a hundred French in a few hours were taken from Kabul, brought to Abu Dhabi, and from Abu Dhabi, to Paris. … Among these 1,000 Afghans, there was indeed one who was obviously in connection with the Taliban but who helped the army a lot,” he continued.
Five Afghans were alerted that they had been placed under surveillance by the General Directorate for Internal Security once they got to France, and the other four are linked to the suspect who was arrested, according to Euronews .
France has brought more than 2,000 Kabul evacuees back to Europe since last week.
Several Western countries are working to evacuate their own citizens and Afghan allies who could be in danger given the Taliban’s swift rise to power during the month of August, which coincides with the planned withdrawal date for the United States.
Representatives for the French government did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.
Author : Mike Brest