Cousin of Normandy jihadist ‘knew of attack and should face terror charges’

The cousin of one of the teenage jihadists who slit the throat of a French priest knew he was about to commit an attack and should face terror charges, prosecutors have said.

Farid K, arrested after his cousin Abdel Malik Petitjean killed Father Jacques Hamel, 85, last Tuesday in Normandy, was sent on Sunday to face a judge with a recommendation from the prosecutor that he be charged with taking part in a “a terrorist association with the aim of harming others”.

Farid, 30, hosted his cousin in his flat in Nancy in eastern France for a few days before the attack and “knew perfectly well” that Petitjean was about to carry out an attack, the prosecutor’s office said.