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Bulgaria to extradite French terrorist suspect linked to attack on Charlie Hebdo

  • Police officers guard French citizen Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, 2nd left, inside the courtroom before a hearing in the town of Haskovo, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.  Haskovo regional court approved the European arrest warrant against Joachin issued by a Paris court, so that the French citizen is to be extradited to France to face charges of alleged participation in an organized crime group whose aim was the organization of terrorist acts.  Fritz-Joly Joachin will be extradited to France charged with having been linked to the Kouachi brothers who killed 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the French satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine two weeks ago. (AP Photo/STR)

    Police officers guard French citizen Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, 2nd left, inside the courtroom before a hearing in the town of Haskovo, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Haskovo regional court approved the European arrest warrant against Joachin issued by a Paris court, so that the French citizen is to be extradited to France to face charges of alleged participation in an organized crime group whose aim was the organization of terrorist acts. Fritz-Joly Joachin will be extradited to France charged with having been linked to the Kouachi brothers who killed 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the French satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine two weeks ago. (AP Photo/STR)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers guard French citizen Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, center, inside the courtroom before a hearing in the town of Haskovo, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.  Haskovo regional court approved the European arrest warrant against Joachin issued by a Paris court, so that the French citizen is to be extradited to France to face charges of alleged participation in an organized crime group whose aim was the organization of terrorist acts.  Fritz-Joly Joachin will be extradited to France charged with having been linked to the Kouachi brothers who killed 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the French satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine two weeks ago. (AP Photo/STR)

    Police officers guard French citizen Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, center, inside the courtroom before a hearing in the town of Haskovo, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Haskovo regional court approved the European arrest warrant against Joachin issued by a Paris court, so that the French citizen is to be extradited to France to face charges of alleged participation in an organized crime group whose aim was the organization of terrorist acts. Fritz-Joly Joachin will be extradited to France charged with having been linked to the Kouachi brothers who killed 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the French satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine two weeks ago. (AP Photo/STR)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers guard French citizen Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, center, inside the courtroom before a hearing in the town of Haskovo, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.  Haskovo regional court approved the European arrest warrant against Joachin issued by a Paris court, so that the French citizen is to be extradited to France to face charges of alleged participation in an organized crime group whose aim was the organization of terrorist acts.  Fritz-Joly Joachin will be extradited to France charged with having been linked to the Kouachi brothers who killed 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the French satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine two weeks ago. (AP Photo/STR)

    Police officers guard French citizen Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, center, inside the courtroom before a hearing in the town of Haskovo, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Haskovo regional court approved the European arrest warrant against Joachin issued by a Paris court, so that the French citizen is to be extradited to France to face charges of alleged participation in an organized crime group whose aim was the organization of terrorist acts. Fritz-Joly Joachin will be extradited to France charged with having been linked to the Kouachi brothers who killed 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the French satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine two weeks ago. (AP Photo/STR)  (The Associated Press)

A Bulgarian court has agreed to extradite a French national with alleged links to the terrorists who carried out the attack against the Charlie Hebdo newspaper.

Twenty-nine-year-old Fritz-Joly Joachin confirmed on Tuesday before the district court in the southern city of Haskovo that he is prepared to be returned to his home country.

In the wake of the attacks in Paris earlier this month, a European arrest warrant was issued against Joachin, charging him with participation in an organized crime group with terrorist aims and links to a network organizing the transfer of volunteers to fight with extremists in Syria.

On Tuesday, Joachin told the court he was innocent and wanted to return to Paris to clear his name.